If ever rugby had an air raid squad, the Springboks would be the closest thing.
In a historical quadrangular Test series featuring Italy, Samoa and Scotland, they have what are thought of as “lightweights” to deal with.
Unlike the “low countries” who offered little or no resistance when the Germans stormed Europe in World War 2, the visitors will offer much more resistance than the
Maginot Line ever did to protect the French.
Due to the British and Irish Lions’ quadrennial tour falling in this year, in which the Lions will be touring Australia, the cream of the Isles’ crop has been taken, leaving the Boks with the scraps.
The Samoans, with their Tiger-tank forwards and blitzkrieg backs, will pose the biggest threat.
The plucky Italians are first up and will have the biggest point to prove.
Each of their South African forays have seen countless of their men mowed down by the
Boks, not because of poor planning, but due to the incisive and ruthless brand of rugby Springboks play.
At times, they seemed like men trying to cross a barricaded no man’s land.
They have yet to conquer Europe but at their fortress in Rome, they are a difficult bunch to defeat.
The Scottish, in particular, understand the hardship of laying siege to The Eternal City very well.
The fields of KwaZulu-Natal have witnessed some of the bloodiest battles in South African history.
It will be the same at Kings Park, a graveyard for fallen rugby soldiers.
A shrewd general like Heyneke Meyer will know this is the opportunity to test new weapons before Argentina, New Zealand and Australia invade with their ballistic missiles in the Rugby Championship later this year.
No battle has ever been won with a cannon mounted on a canoe.
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