Boks on the brink of number 1?

It's entirely premature for Springbok fans to start thinking that victory in Auckland tomorrow sees a power shift from New Zealand to South Africa.

And it would be completely idiotic to think that the All Blacks could be a team on its way down, so perhaps we should rather consider if this is a very good Springbok team on its way up.

It's a topic that's taken to all forms of media and social comment and is based largely on the win by the Boks over Australia in Brisbane.

This has been one of the quietest weeks I can remember in the build-up to a Springbok test. It shows what a good win does for a Springbok coach with even Zane Kirchner remarkably steering clear of having his rugby credentials assassinated.

As is becoming increasingly common though, it was left to captain Jean de Villiers to provide the voice of reason, pointing out that only consistent victories over the All Blacks home and away could see them ascend to the mantle of 'world's best team'.

As I highlighted prior to the start of the Rugby Championship, Heyneke Meyer's team needed to kick on and move up a level. He'd had the best part of 18 months to select and mould a squad that he sees long-term Bok success to be built on and this was the competition for him to finally show his hand.

Well since that was written, and rather conveniently at the halfway point of the championship, the Boks have shown a bit of everything seemingly in response to the points that I made.

They've demolished Argentina in Soweto, held Los Pumas scoreless for a half to scrape to victory in Mendoza and made history in Brisbane as they climbed into the heads of the Wallabies, blowing them away in the second half for a historic victory.

There were no histrionics either at the full-time whistle. Telling, as it smacks of a team who never doubted they'd win. A fine line between arrogance and confidence no doubt, but something that Meyer has seemingly kept firmly in check among his charges.

So, onto Eden Park then, where it's been well documented that the Boks haven't won since 1937. It's one of those facts that the media love to get their teeth into but that the players, I'd venture, care far less about.

But it's a fortress nonetheless and the All Blacks will defend their incredible record there for all it's worth. In fact, they will probably start seven points to the good immediately.

What role for referee Romain Poite? The Frenchman seemed to develop some sort of special bond with the Scotland flank Alasdair Strokosch as the Boks struggled to a win in Nelspruit, seemingly ignoring blatant transgressions that even had the Scots blushing. Not biased at all mind you, just a performance devoid of any quality. He needs to be on his game in Auckland tomorrow.

The Boks have improved immeasurably at the breakdown since, thanks largely to the input of consultant Richie Gray, and without Richie McCaw marauding all over the Eden Park turf, it's a facet of play that the visitors could well boss.

Meyer's sides are now nine games unbeaten and a win tomorrow would be very sweet indeed for the Boks to take it into double digits. The reality though is that the Boks don't need to win to still claim the Rugby Championship trophy.

With the way the side's performed, it's very difficult to see the Wallabies beating them in Cape Town at the end of September and i'd back them to beat the All Blacks at Ellis Park on 5 October.

I'm going to put my neck on the line and back the Boks by 5-7 points tomorrow.

Would you agree?