The Springboks will play their third Rugby Championship against the Wallabies on Sunday, cognisant that the result could pre-determine the outcome of this year’s competition.
Despite their consistency in form, they are going into another battle that will once more test their character. They are not only going in to break a winless record in Australia in eight years but to make sure that they remain in contention to defend the title.
Captain Siya Kolisi says, although it might be the halfway mark of the tournament and they have already secured two wins against Argentina, the World Champions are in no position to slip up.
“Our process is the most important thing for us we know how we want to play and our focus is on tomorrow. We are excited, it’s a good team that Australia has and we have not had a good record so it’s something that is motive for us as a team. We want to make sure that we correct that and it’s a stepping stone for us as well so that tomorrow we come and bring all we can because we know what Australia has done to us in the past.”
Meanwhile, Boks assistant coach Mzwandile Sticks says the biggest contest in this fixture will be in the breakdowns.
He says while the Boks outlined that they have prepared well, they are aware that every breakdown will be a competition for both sides.
“We want to make sure we create a quick ball so that we keep them on the front foot, that is what brings the best in our team so if we won’t be able to get that quick ball off the breakdown. It’s not only Hooper that will slow the game down. I think they have lots of players that can really apply pressure on the breakdowns for us. It’s very important that we get that quick ball, important that we are clinical or else if we don’t do that we are going to have a long day. Same goes with them also on the other side.”