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Boks 'probables' lie in wait for ABs

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18.07.2019

OPINION: Springbok coach Rassie Erasmus' decision to select a B team to front the Wallabies at Ellis Park and an A team to tackle the All Blacks at the Westpac Stadium makes sense and harks back to the olden days when they used to play trials with teams termed the 'probables' and 'possibles'.

The 'probables' are the players who will face off against New Zealand and the theory is that they can only play themselves out of the team.

Meanwhile, the 'possibles' would be the players rivalling the Australians this weekend and they can only play themselves into the team. Rassie is making use of an old model and we will only be able to see whether or not it was successful at a later stage. While quite unfair, unfortunately the reality in sport is that outcomes determine the belief in the process.

I was a member of the 1995 Springbok World Cup squad and our coach Kitch Christie followed a similar plan when he played the team he believed should take the high road against the Wallabies, which was a must-win game to get through to the quarterfinals.

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