Differing fortunes for the 2 teams in their respective last outings. The Boks were very fortunate to scrape home in a close game over Tonga, while USA showed some excellent touches and commitment in going down narrowly to their more illustrious opponents, Samoa. Early indications are that Jake White will field pretty close to his best available XV, with only 2 changes from the side that did duty against England expected in the starting line-up. It appears as if Akona Ndungane will get his first RWC start, after having made a full recovery from injury. If his speed work conditioning program during the tri-nations series pays off, might be able to push JP Pietersen all the way for the starting 14 jersey. And it looks likely that Albert VD Bergh will get his 50th Bok cap :wall: ahead of Bakkies Botha, who is being given a well-earned break, with Johann Muller also fully recovered and expected to take up the second row spot on the bench. As per usual, prediction time gents.