Pommies who could pummel the Boks

2012-05-19 19:08

England’s previous tour to South Africa in

2007 was not one to write home about.

South Africa, then coached by Jake White, were starting to build up

steam that would see them win the World Cup later that year.

The tourists copped consecutive 50-point hidings in both Tests, the

first time an England touring side had conceded more than 50 points against

South Africa in a two-match series.

However, the England team were a fragmented bunch, still caught

between the 2003 World Cup winners and a crop of young players.

This year, the Roses come with talent which acquitted itself well

in the Six Nations, finishing second behind Grand Slam winners Wales.

Their greatest strength lies in their forward pack, which has shown

up many a weak scrum.

The Bok scrum will be tested by the young London Irish prop Alex

Corbisiero who was instrumental in demolishing the Ireland scrum in their final

Six Nations fixture at Twickenham.

The South African scrum is strong and Corbisiero is likely to come

up against Tendai Mtawarira, who ended Phil Vickery’s international career

during the 2009 British and Irish Lions tour.

With the Springboks experiencing a mini-crisis at lock, Geoff

Parling from the Leicester Tigers is going to give Andries Bekker and whoever

joins the second row a run for their money.

Since the Will Greenwood-Mike Tindall centre pairing was broken up,

Brad Barritt and Manu Tuilagi could use South Africa’s harder, faster grounds to

their advantage.

At 21, Owen Farrel is still the prospect hyped as the next best

thing.

Despite the bloated touring group, the English team is filled with

quality.

Whether they can outbok the Boks will be

seen on June 9.


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