The All Blacks may have taken the trophy, but the Boks will still have to put up a show today in the name of sport. Their Vodacom Tri-Nations series comes to an end when they play Australia at the Free State Stadium, Bloemfontein at 5PM local time.
Bloemfontein has mostly been kind to the Boks – they have been unbeaten here since 2000 when one Johnny Wilkinson helped England to victory. Australia played against the Boks in Bloemfontein four times and managed to win only once.
South Africa beat New Zealand 28-19 at this stadium last year – so excuse me if I am just a little optimistic of a Wallaby hiding today!
According to John Smit, South African captain, the Boks are enjoying their stay in Bloemfontein: “I think we have phenomenal support here and we come and make sure we spend the whole week here. Our hotel is next to the big mall and the kids love coming in and asking for autographs. We love it here.”