And what the South African series against England showed was that the Springboks can select two very different pack of forwards and still be equally effective.
Eben Etzebeth and Malcolm Marx, like Retallick and Read, are players without equal in the Springboks tight five. But those who back them up are very good players, who I’d select ahead of the reserves strength in the All Blacks squad.
Rassie Erasmus’s pack of 2018 is starting to mirror the presence of the magnificent 2009 Springboks – a team All Blacks legend Richie McCaw rated the best team he had faced in his 149-Test career.
The Springboks were good in scoring six tries against the Pumas. They could have had a few more. Handre Pollard’s indifferent goalkicking also meant 13 points were lost. It was a game that could easily have reflected a 50-pointer for the Boks.
I expected more of Australia and felt they could win in Sydney. I got that one wrong with a capital W.
I can see the championship being decided in the final round at Loftus when the All Blacks visit South Africa.
And I can see the Springboks winning.