It's only been a rugby venue for a few years but Soccer City is fast becoming synonymous with milestones and 100 seems to be the (un)lucky number. Two years ago, South Africa were on the verge of sealing a memorable victory for John Smit as the country prepared to celebrate the 100th cap of a great leader. Until it all went wrong in the dying seconds when Smit missed a tackle on Ma'a Nonu...you know how the story ends.
All Blacks Vs Springboks Live
Date: Saturday , October 6 | Kick-off: 17.00 (15.00 GMT - Sun 7 Oct 4:00 NZT)
Venue: Soccer City, Soweto
Weather:Partly cloudy. 30°C max but cooling rapidly
Referee: Romain Poite (France), Greg Garner (England)
Assistant referees: Shaun Veldsman (South Africa)
New Zealand are the only team to enjoy regular success in the Republic. They have a habit of turning up the heat in the last 20 minutes, exactly when the Boks have struggled a bit. That, combined with the Kiwis' vastly more experienced side, leads me to back the All Blacks to win by less than five points.
South Africa: 15 Zane Kirchner, 14 Bryan Habana, 13 Jaco Taute, 12 Jean de Villiers (c), 11 Francois Hougaard, 10 Johan Goosen, 9 Ruan Pienaar, 8 Duane Vermeulen, 7 Willem Alberts, 6 Francois Louw, 5 Andries Bekker, 4 Eben Etzebeth, 3 Jannie du Plessis, 2 Adriaan Strauss, 1 Tendai Mtawarira.
Replacements: 16 Tiaan Liebenberg, 17 Coenie Oosthuizen, 18 Flip van der Merwe, 19 Marcell Coetzee, 20 Elton Jantjies, 21 Juan de Jongh, 22 Pat Lambie.
New Zealand: 15 Israel Dagg, 14 Cory Jane, 13 Conrad Smith, 12 Ma'a Nonu, 11 Hosea Gear, 10 Daniel Carter, 9 Aaron Smith, 8 Kieran Read, 7 Richie McCaw (c), 6 Liam Messam, 5 Sam Whitelock, 4 Brodie Retallick, 3 Owen Franks, 2 Andrew Hore, 1 Tony Woodcock.
Replacements: 16 Keven Mealamu, 17 Ben Franks, 18 Luke Romano, 19 Adam Thomson, 20 Piri Weepu, 21 Aaron Cruden, 22 Tamati Ellison.