Between the twirling substitute for Cheslin Kolbe and the experienced finisher of the All Blacks, it is a confrontation placed under the sign of support and avoidance that is emerging. Warning the eyes…
Make no mistake: like the 101 clashes that preceded it, this South Africa – New Zealand will obviously and above all be a fight of strong men, where the Springboks will seek to impose their raw power on Blacks whose strength is traditionally more explosive. A clash of titans, a heavyweight fight, where each team will throw all their strength to score the tiny try that could make the difference.
And it is amusing here to note that in this perspective, the hopes of each other will ultimately be embodied by the only “Gentlemen Everybody” in the game, whose duel will oppose the ultra-efficiency Will Jordan (already author of 19 tries in 15 selections in the black jersey) to rookie Kurt-Lee Arendse (26), sent to the fire to compensate for the package of Cheslin Kolbe, victim of a broken jaw against the Welsh.
Arendse, the new Kolbe?
About the latter, who is almost an illustrious stranger with the exception of specialists in the Celtic League (coming United Rugby Championship), during which he scored a whopping 8 tries in 14 starts for the Bulls this season, we know very little, especially since he was copiously weaned from balloons during his first and only selection so far, which ended in defeat (13-15) against the Welsh.
Sevens specialist (he was vice-world champion with the Blitzboks and even represented Monaco at the In Extenso Supersevens 2020), Kurt-Lee Arendse has been on the XV since the last recent season, encouraged by example of a certain Kolbe with whom he shares a size for the less slender (1.76 m, 76 kg). ” There are many similarities in his game and that of Cheslin, confirmed, in the week, his coach Jacques Nienaber. This was part of the criteria in his selection even if it must also be said that we reward performance, and that he had been rather good despite the defeat in his last match with us. »
” He is someone who can do everything: he is fast, he has good support and he is also very courageous in the contact zones, despite his size. », assured former Boks coach and current Bulls manager Jake White. ” With us, he is also one of the most consistent guys under the high balls, and the Blacks may well be surprised by testing him. But above all, the main thing to know about him is that the greater the pressure, the better he plays. That’s why I worry so much less about him… “Verdict expected on Saturday, at Jordan’s revealer…