Muller: Boks can topple All Blacks

2011-08-18 00:00

CAPE TOWN — Former Springbok centre Pieter Muller believes South Africa can win the Rugby World Cup even if they have to face the All Blacks in the semi-finals.

Muller played 33 Tests for South Africa, including four World Cup matches, and ended his career with a 22-19 victory over the All Blacks in the third place playoff of the 1999 World Cup.

The Springboks have lost nine of the 17 Test matches they have played since June last year, and have looked increasing less likely to become the first team to retain the Webb Ellis Cup.

Muller said, “It is going to be difficult, but I think there is so much experience in the South Africa side it just depends on the guys getting up for it and performing.

“I think we will be up there again, but our only problem will be New Zealand in the semi-finals.

“South Africa can beat them on home soil as we have shown in the past and in the World Cup; just a small margin or that one moment of genius can win it.”

The Springboks have been grouped with Wales, Samoa, Fiji and Namibia in Pool D in the tournament, while New Zealand have been grouped with Canada, Tonga, France and Japan in Pool A.

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