Rugby Championship 2012: Time, Live Stream, TV Info for All Blacks vs Springboks

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Rugby Championship 2012: Time, Live Stream, TV Info for All Blacks vs Springboks
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New Zealand has blown their way through the field en route to clinching the 2012 Rugby Championship with a resounding 54-15 victory against Argentina on September 29.

The ultimate outcome may already be decided, but the powerhouse All Blacks do have one more hurdle to clear on Saturday. A hungry South Africa team is the host, and the Springboks are sure to take the de facto test match very seriously with national pride still on the line.

Here is what you need to know about the final match for the soon-to-be world champions of rugby, facing the team that will attempt to make a dent in their perfect 5-0 tournament record.

When: Saturday, October 6, 9:30 pm ET

Where: FNB Stadium, Johannesburg, South Africa

Watch: SKY Sports 1

Live Stream: TheRugbyChampionship.livesport.tv

 

All Blacks Player to Watch: Dan Carter

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Carter is one of the best fly-halves in the world, and serves as the catalyst for New Zealand's offensive attack.

He has most recently worked his way through a calf injury and back into the lineup, returning more firepower to his club's offense.

Twenty-three-year-old Aaron Cruden played admirably in his place, but Carter has capitalized on many conversions and penalties for his team throughout the championship.

If he has a characteristically stellar game, then the veteran should do enough to lead his team past the Springboks.


Springboks Player to Watch: Bryan Habana

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The superstar winger has managed to notch a try in four of the five rounds, and will need to continue that trend in order to give his team a chance against the All Blacks.

Habana seems to thrive on the biggest stages, as he recorded a record-tying eight tries in the 2007 World Cup, which the Springboks ultimately won. This tournament has provided a brand new proving grounds for the prolific scorer, and he has not disappointed.

Squaring off against the youthful and scrappy lock duo of Luke Romano and Sam Whitelock will provide a demanding test once again, and Habana must rise to the occasion as he always seems to do.


Key Storylines: In the inaugural alternative to the Tri Nations, the Springboks gave the All Blacks their toughest physical test of the Championship tournament, falling in Round 4 by a score of 21-11.

New Zealand has won four of the past five meetings, but the past two have been split. It is now South Africa who will be playing for revenge this time around.

Both teams really have nothing to lose, but the Springboks would love to pull off the upset with a home crowd behind them.

 

Prediction: The All Blacks are simply too tough and disciplined defensively. Even though South Africa will be rallying and playing an inspired, hotly contested match, New Zealand has been a stalwart.

As worldcupweb.com points out, the All Blacks were able to win last year's match against South Africa despite rotating their lineup to give top players rest ahead of the Rugby World Cup.

The All Blacks should go on the road and win this one, 23-15.

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