The Springboks were in a class of their own this past weekend as they dispatched of an Argentinian team who were overwhelmed by the occasion. The Bokke sent out a strong message to their fellow southern hemisphere rivals that they are serious contenders for this years Rugby Championship title and wasn’t it a fantastic message to watch?
Earlier in the day, the All Blacks dispatched of an Aussie team struggling to find their feet under new coach Ewan McKenzie. The All Blacks were immense and systematically dismantled the Wallabies with ease as they put together a performance the likes of which we haven’t seen from them in a few seasons. To keep the result in context it is important to remember that the Aussies were terrible and offered nothing on attack – which was fine as they spent most of the game defending anyway. Richie McCawesome was just that: Awesome. For a chap who has been out of the game for six months, to come back and perform at this level – and dominate at it – proves that he is a class act and possibly one of the best the game has seen. My initial thoughts were that it would take something special to put together a performance which would be as – if not more – impressive than the one put together by the All Blacks.
The Springboks did just that. And it was glorious to see. I cannot remember the last time I saw a Springbok team play with such flair and confidence and credit must be given to Heyneke Meyer for the selections he made. It is clear to see that there are some good things happening within the Springbok squad and it is heartening to hear and see this a year and a half out of the World Cup. It is fair to say that the occasion itself played a big part in awing and subduing the opposition but it should be noted that the Springboks executed their plans to perfection as they put together a record-breaking score line. There is no need to single out who had stormers because in all honesty most had solid performances and collectively played as a beast of a unit.
As with both matches, it is important to keep the results in context and to not get too carried away but what is clearly obvious is that at this early stage of the Rugby Championships it is the All Blacks and Springboks who have put up their hands as contenders to win the tournament, making their September 14th fixture that much more mouth-watering.