Eddie Jones, we meet again.
The Springboks who were in Brighton last year will forever be scarred after Jones masterminded South African rugby’s greatest embarrassment with his Japan team.
It’s a chance for revenge.
But will the Bokke get it together and finally put in a decent performance?
Since Allister Coetzee has taken over the Boks, there has been very little to show that South African rugby has moved on from being sliced up like a piece of sushi – not even limping to a World Cup semifinal defeat to the All Blacks.
The Boks have lost more than they’ve won this season from their 12 matches.
Jones has gone from strength to strength with an England setup that itself is rebuilding after becoming the first host nation to be eliminated at the pool stages of a World Cup.
But for Jones, who is half Japanese, alles loop reg soos ‘n Toyota — he has a perfect
His Roses are unbeaten this year and have racked up 10 wins from 10 games — past the halfway mark to the new 18-match winning streak New Zealand saw ended by Ireland last weekend.
England are on a high, but they might still have the inferiority complex from not beating the Boks in over 10 years.
Jones has warned his team to get their heads right ahead of facing the Bokke.
The Bokke have not inspired much confidence and England are clear favourites.
But believe me, SA will be up for this one after failing to win away from home all year.
Something tells me that Toetie and Eddie are playing a dangerous game of poker here. One of these old friends is gonna get stabbed with a lot of writers’ pens if they lose.
Last week wasn’t a great ad for the future of SA rugby.
New players like Sergeal Petersen didn’t do the basics right and against England any mistake will be punished.
The Bokke are working on their new Indaba-conceived plans.
And revenge on Eddie and ending England’s winning streak will be a massive boost to believing that they are on the right track.