Rudolph Jacobs
Rugby Journalist
1 minute read
5 Oct 2013
7:00 am

Boks vs All Blacks – one can’t ask for more, says captain

Rudolph Jacobs

Ellis Park is expected to be buzzing this afternoon as Springbok supporters bay for All Black blood, and revenge.

FILE PICTURE: Bismarck du Plessis. Photo: Gallo Images.

Tickets went flying and were sold out even before the Boks beat the Wallabies 28-8 in Cape Town last weekend – and according to Bok captain Jean de Villiers, they simply couldn’t ask for more.

“This will be my 93rd Test (and 21st as captain) and on days like this I am a really proud South African,” said De Villiers.

“This rates right up there with some of the biggest games I have been involved with.”

A crowd in excess of 64 500 is expected and perfect weather conditions are predicted. Welsh referee Nigel Owens will be officiating the match.

Several roads around the stadium will be blocked off from early this morning and only re-opened around 10pm. Traffic officials have urged fans to make use of all the Park-and-Ride facilities available.

“We still have a chance to win the championship in the final game of the competition; Springboks against All Blacks, one simply can’t ask for more,” said De Villiers.

“Ellis Park has always been a good hunting ground for the Boks, but we’ll have to bring our A-game, anything less won’t be good enough to beat the All Blacks,” he said.

Bok fans will be hoping for a repeat of 2004 when the teams last met at this famous venue, resulting in a comprehensive 40-26 win for South Africa.

“I remember that game,” said De Villiers.

“Me and Fourie du Preez are the only two guys remaining from that game and we try to see it as a positive sign,” he said.