Rugby | Welsh legend: Boks won't win

Nehe Milner-Skudder (Getty Images)

Cape Town – Springboks supporters know that it will take a fine effort, but still believe that a win over the All Blacks in Saturday’s World Cup semi-final is possible. 

Wales great Shane Williams has no such optimism. 


The former wing, who scored a mammoth 60 tries for Wales and the British Lions between 2000 and 2011, does not see the Boks causing an upset. 

“They (New Zealand) needed to step it up a gear. I think they’ve been holding themselves back a little bit,” Williams said via a video on his Twitter account, speaking of the All Blacks’ devastating 62-13 win over France in last weekend’s quarter-finals. 

“And now they can see the finish line I think they’re just going to let rip.

“For that reason I don’t see South Africa beating them. I see the likes of (Julian) Savea and (Nehe) Milner-Skudder and these players really playing with confidence at the moment.”

Not only does Williams see the All Blacks winning on Saturday, but he sees them doing so comfortably.

“I said from the start it’s going to take a real good team to beat New Zealand and I probably haven’t seen enough yet to warrant the fact that they’re going to lose it,” he said.

“I’m going to go New Zealand by about 12-15 points.”

Kick-off on Saturday is at 17:00.


South Africa:

15 Willie le Roux, 14 JP Pietersen, 13 Jesse Kriel, 12 Damian de Allende, 11 Bryan Habana, 10 Handre Pollard, 9 Fourie du Preez (captain), 8 Duane Vermeulen, 7 Schalk Burger, 6 Francois Louw, 5 Lood de Jager, 4 Eben Etzebeth, 3 Frans Malherbe, 2 Bismarck du Plessis, 1 Tendai Mtawarira

Substitutes: 16 Adriaan Strauss, 17 Trevor Nyakane, 18 Jannie du Plessis, 19 Victor Matfield, 20 Willem Alberts, 21 Ruan Pienaar, 22 Pat Lambie, 23 Jan Serfontein

New Zealand:

15 Ben Smith, 14 Nehe Milner-Skudder, 13 Conrad Smith, 12 Ma’a Nonu, 11 Julian Savea, 10 Daniel Carter, 9 Aaron Smith, 8 Kieran Read, 7 Richie McCaw (captain), 6 Jerome Kaino, 5 Sam Whitelock, 4 Brodie Retallick, 3 Owen Franks, 2 Dane Coles, 1 Joe Moody

Substitutes 16 Keven Mealamu, 17 Ben Franks, 18 Charlie Faumuina, 19 Victor Vito, 20 Sam Cane, 21 Tawera Kerr-Barlow, 22 Beauden Barrett, 23 Sonny Bill Williams

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