The rain has stayed away in Durban for now, but boy does it look ominous overhead.
Much of the discussion this week has been about how rain would affect the sides, who’ve prepared in warmth and glorious sunshine all week. Thankfully the dark clouds hovering over King’s Park are yet to burst.
However, if, or more likely, when, they do, it’s going to come down in buckets, adversely affecting both sides’ ability to fling the pill around. If by some miracle it stays away conditions are good for playing an entertaining brand of rugby, although a more than gentle breeze means the goal kickers will have to be on point.
The Blacks are out, running through their drills, while the Springboks’ primary kickers have been working through their pre-match preparation with kicking coach Percy Montgomery for some time now.
Ruan Pienaar, who was ruled out of the Test with an ankle injury, is running and kicking freely, suggesting that there is no chance of him missing next week’s Test against Australia. The remainder of the Boks are working through defensive routines, and some pattern of play stuff.
With just under a half hour to go before kick-off there are still plenty of empty seats around. It won’t be a sell out, but some of those empty spaces will be taken up by the thousands who are enjoying a pre-match dop in and around the stadium.
By Ryan Vrede, at King’s Park