Match Eight

New Zealand 29 - 32 South Africa - 12 Sep

South Africa won the 2009 Tri Nations after an epic victory over New Zealand in Hamilton. The Springboks were always in front but had to withstand an All Black comeback in the second half, which saw the home team close to within 3 points. However it was a well deserved victory and a thoroughly well deserved Tri Nations for the ‘Boks’ who have now won the Series three times.

New Zealand must now prepare for the final match of the Tri nations when they take on Australia in a Bledisloe Cup match next week in Tri nations match nine which will decide who comes runners up to the Springboks.

NZ 29: Tries: Sivivatu, McCaw. Cons: Carter 2, Pens: Caretr 5. – SA 32. Tries: Du Preez, De Villiers, Cons: M Steyn 2, Pens: M Steyn 3, F Steyn 3

See below for team news and selections.

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New Zealand Team

Graham Henry has retained Daniel Carter at outside half and has selected the folowing team to face the 'Boks'

Team: 1. Tony Woodcock, 2. Andrew Hore, 3. Owen Franks, 4. Brad Thorn, ,5. Isaac Ross, ,6. Jerome Kaino) ,7. Richie McCaw - (C), ,8. Kieran Read,9  Jimmy Cowan, 10. Dan Carter, 11. Sitiveni Sivivatu, 12. Stephen Donald, 13. Ma'a Nonu, 14. Josevata Rokocoko, 15. Mils Muliaina.

Reserves: 16. Aled de Malmanche (1),17. John Afoa (18),18. Adam Thomson (10),19. Rodney So'oialo (59),20. Brendon Leonard (11),21. Isaia Toeava (15),22. Cory Jane (6)

Springboks Team

Brian Habana and Pierre Spies have been declared fit leaving coach Peter de Villiers to just make one change ahead of South Africa’s final 2009 Tri Nation match. He has brought in Frans Steyn at full back Ruan Steyn reverting to the bench

Team: 15 Frans Steyn, 14 Odwa Ndungane, 13 Jaque Fourie, 12 Jean de Villiers, 11 Bryan Habana, 10 Morné Steyn, 9 Fourie du Preez, 8 Pierre Spies, 7 Juan Smith, 6 Heinrich Brüssow, 5 Victor Matfield, 4 Bakkies Botha, 3 John Smit (captain), 2 Bismarck du Plessis, 1 Tendai Mtawarira.

Reserves: 16 Chiliboy Ralepelle, 17 Jannie du Plessis, 18 Danie Rossouw, 19 Schalk Burger, 20 Ricky Januarie, 21 Adi Jacobs, 22 Ruan Pienaar.

New Zealand v South Africa Handicap Betting

In rugby one of the most popular betting markets is the handicap betting and this weekends match will be no different. Handicap betting is where punters can have a bet on a team to win a match starting with either a plus or a minus points start. So, if a team is given a handicap of -10 then in order for your bet to come in, that team must win the match by more than 10 points. Here are the handicap odds for the New Zealand v South Africa Match this Saturday.

New Zealand to win the match with a Handicap of -4 are 10/11 with Sportingbet

South Africa to win the match with a Handicap of + 4  are 10/11 with Sportingbet   

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