Former Springbok skipper Bob Skinstad says Manie Libbok’s pace will give the rookie Check flyhalf the sting over veteran Eire playmaker Johnny Sexton on Saturday.
Their match-up is anticipated to be one of many key showdowns in a blockbuster World Cup Pool B conflict between the world’s No 1 and a couple of groups in Saint-Denis, and whoever wins will affect the consequence.
Sexton is an icon of Leinster and Eire rugby, and final week, the 38-year-old grew to become his nation’s main Check factors scorer.
Libbok’s worldwide profession is in its infancy, but the 26-year-old has proven a big-match temperament that belies his 10 Check appearances, whereas additionally showcasing distinctive game-breaking that has made him a key determine for the DHL Stormers.
Quoted by IOL Sport, the 42-Check Skinstad teamed up with BoyleSports to preview the conflict between Eire and South Africa.
“It’s such an intriguing battle and what we’re doing is ranking Sexton on how he has managed rugby during the last 10 years, versus the potential affect Manie could make over the subsequent decade together with his modern play,” he mentioned.
“It’s age and treachery versus youth and enthusiasm. However I’ll add that Manie can also be a wily performer relative to his age. His no-look kick-pass for Kurt-Lee Arendse’s attempt towards Scotland had the boldness of a person who has performed 50 Checks.
“Evaluating Manie to Sexton, I again Manie together with his pace in open play, his cowl defence and his gorgeous counter-attacking – Sexton doesn’t have that, however he does boast years of tactical administration and immaculate purpose kicking.”
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