“Facing South Africa will be a pressure situation and there is no better place than Johannesburg to get answers about players”.
Schalk Burger will become South Africa’s third captain in as many tests when he leads the team in the Rugby Championship clash against New Zealand at Ellis Park on Saturday.
The All Blacks began their 2015 Rugby Championship campaign in expected fashion, playing host to Argentina and emerging easy victors 39-18, running in five tries to secure a bonus point in the process, though ultimately failing to cover the line for All Black backers. “The way we came back to win after the 80th minute is something you have to learn how to do and we’ll take a lot of belief from that”, Cheika said as noted by Sportal.com.au.
Following their 24-20 loss to Australia in Brisbane last week, Mbalula said he knew the Springboks would bounce back with a strong performance against New Zealand.
The All Blacks looked set to cover the spread, but Argentina exposed a chink in the All Black armour off the rolling maul, something that the Springboks will no doubt be looking to exploit also.
“Ever since I first put on the Springbok jersey, my dream has been to represent my country with distinction and to make South Africans proud”.
The coach who succeeded Graham Henry after the 2011 World Cup triumph has chosen three right wingers, three centre partnerships, three scrum-halves and three lock pairings.
These two could meet again, after all, in the semifinals of this year’s World Cup if all goes to plan for both.
Hansen has no love of the tactic, labelling the eight-man drives “bloody boring” and “illegal obstruction” and wants the law changed to permit collapsing them.
If Round 1’s fixtures were anything to go by, South Africa must ensure their ball retention sees major improvement.
Meyer said that the Springboks faced a huge challenge on Saturday as they continue to build towards the Rugby World Cup against a fired-up Kiwi side.
Sky Sports’ Thinus Delport has warned there will be an intimidating atmosphere awaiting the All Blacks on Saturday.
South African columnist Mark Keohane was equally critical and said,”Meyer got it wrong and cost the Boks victory… he showed a disregard for the flow of the game”.
Bok coach Heyneke Meyer sprung a surprise when he handed a first test cap in four years to flank Heinrich Brussouw alongside fellow openside loose-forward Francois Louw.