Rugby - A thug's game played by gentlemen
I know there's a rugby thread down there somewhere, but it's a new season and I really wanted to use this quote as a thread title.
So the South are running around in Europe at the moment.
New Zealand has beaten Wales unconvincingly, Australia has beaten England more convincingly and the South African B-team lost to Leicester.
The Boks play France on Friday and I'm concerned. We haven't beaten France in France since 1997, our scrum is creaky and our players have been looking tired, and we are missing some key guys. A very weak defender at centre and we will miss Francois Steyn's 60+ m goal kicks and his strength at full-back.
France seem to have done their homework and I think they are going to be fighting fire with fire. Everyone who has lost to the Boks this year has complained that they played the better rugby, yet still went down. I'm pretty sure France is going to be different, they have selected a big pack and have an inexperienced, but hard running centre combination.