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Kieran Read: 'I don’t care, the All Blacks will win'

By Ian Cameron
Kieran Read of the All Blacks looks on during the 2019 Rugby Championship Test Match between New Zealand and South Africa at Westpac Stadium on July 27, 2019 in Wellington, New Zealand. (Photo by Anthony Au-Yeung/Getty Images)

Former captain Kieran Read believes the All Blacks have the physical clout to take on and beat the Springboks machine in tonight’s Rugby World Cup final in Paris.

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Both sides are vying for their fourth World Cup and it promises to be an enthralling contest between two titans of the sport, even if both sides have lost a game at this tournament.

Read believes the All Blacks have the pack to take on the Springboks forwards – whose ranks have swollen to 15 care of a 7-1 split on the bench.

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“Our forward pack is going to win the game for us. We’ve seen that the Boks have two forward packs, one to start, one to come on. They are going to come out firing so our big boys will win the game. I think they can match them in that area. If they do that, I truly believe they’ve got the backs, exciting players to unlock the Springboks defence.

“They probably didn’t kick as well against Argentina (in the semi-final) but against Ireland they kicked really well (in the quarter-final). I think they will have to do that again, whether kicking to recover through chip kicks or kicking really long and finding some space. I don’t think they’ll want to kick out too much. Keep the ball in play as much as they can.”

Read also gave his take on Rassie Erasmus’ much-vaunted 7-1 bench split, which he believes carries with it significant risk for South Africa.

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“You’ve got to hand it to Rassie, he’s got the gumption to go for it. It’s a little bit of an all-in play. It’s risky, it has its risks.

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“From the All Blacks points of view, it just reaffirms how much our forwards are going to have to work in the game. It offers some options too for us later in the game, to run against some tired backs potentially.”

The 127 cap New Zealand great who was part of two successful World Cup campaigns in 2011 and 2015, believes that remaining calm will be key in what’s been a stormy lead-in to the finale.

“Having been to two World Cup finals and knowing how big the weeks are, you can get caught up in playing the game too early. It’s all about trying to maintain a bit of calmness.

“There’s going to be nerves, anticipating that, knowing that they’ll be there and it’s fine.

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“What I learned from the senior players (from 2011), Richie (McCaw) was really to simplify it. Simplify your messages, simplify what you need to do as a team. It’s never the special players, it’s never the magic play – those things might come off – but it’s just doing the basics really well.

“It’s going to be very close, decided by a few points. I don’t care, the All Blacks will win,” concluded Read when asked for a score prediction.

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Jon 236 days ago

Other hot Kieran Read takes

  • Yahoo over Google
  • Betamax over VHS

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Tommaso 238 days ago

Love how Reid’s arrogance has come back to bite him!

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ant 238 days ago

Die Reading is on the hol😂😂😂

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Stephen 238 days ago

I’m sure Read cares now.

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Francois 238 days ago

A Counties meathead to the end.
What say you now, oh “great” one?…

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Manie 238 days ago

Nou toe nou.. hope kieran could read the scoreline tonight

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Herring finder, the red kind 238 days ago

Didn't age well did it

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Rodrigo 238 days ago

Vamos Pumas…
Go Bokke…

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B.J. Spratt 238 days ago

All Blacks by 35+. . . .Simply The Best

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Manie 239 days ago

O ja en ek gee ook nie om wat kieran dink nie.

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