The Springboks are a better team than the All Blacks on paper and on grass. I believe they will beat the All Blacks on Saturday. The only reservation I have is whether they will have 14 players or 15 players on the field.
The refereeing, the application of the Television Match Official and the interpretation of the law is what could determine so many matches at this World Cup, including the final.
I found it revealing that Bok scrumhalf Faf de Klerk would publicly say a refereeing decision would determine the result between the Springboks and All Blacks.
De Klerk said there was so little to choose between the teams and added that each team knew their controllable, but the one uncontrollable was the referee.
Wayne Barnes destroyed the All Blacks in the 2007 World Cup quarter-final and Jonathan Kaplan, running the touchline, missed the biggest of French forward passes that led to a French try. South African fans told the Kiwis to stop whinging and look at the scoreboard. SA fans mocked the Kiwis and said if their team was good enough, they would have beaten France and the referee.