....we didn’t. We drew with them in NZ with a late lucky bounce try and lost to them in the definitive WC opener where both sides brought their best stuff.
Sure we troubled them more than usual with our return to classical Bok rugby eschewing the close passing game. That attempt to copy the ‘expansive’ All Black game, so ardently supported on this Board, left us clutching at straws. And simply taking away that pressure made us a more formidable opponent.
But we still lost to the ABs when the chips were down....and while we now have the defensive skills to contain their game, we still haven’t shown anything other than counter attacks against them. Which means we rely mostly on pressure and their errors to beat them.
Not a bad formula, but you can’t always predict or count on what the other guy is going to do.