The anticipated match-up: Springboks and Australia lock horns

Springboks at the Castle Lager Rugby Championship match between South Africa and New Zealand. PICTURE: Shaun Roy/BackpagePix

The Springboks are looking for success at the weekend when they meet their biggest rivals, Australia, in the Rugby Championship match which is expected to ignite sparks at the Adelaide Oval on Saturday morning.

South Africa arrived in Australia wounded after their defeat against New Zealand who won 35-23 in the match at Ellis Park Stadium last week. Australia is in the same predicament after being beaten in several matches. One thing that will make the game more appealing: both teams want to win.

The Springboks must do their best because they went home with their tail between their legs last year after being beaten by Australia in all two games.

The Springbok coach and his boys are well aware that the fans expect positive results. Jacques Nienaber announced the names of the players who will start the game which are not very different from those who played against New Zealand last week. Nienaber’s justification for keeping the team that played last week. “We have reasons why we picked the players in the way we did. We treat the players in the starting line-up and substitutes the same way. No player is more important than the other,” Nienaber said earlier in the week.

Springbok assistant coach, Deon Davids, said that they will go to the game with what happened in last year’s games on their minds. “We will give ourselves the opportunity to look at our past games and highlight the areas that need to be improved in our game. It is difficult to play in Australia because we will meet a high-quality team. When you play away from home in the Rugby Championship, you have to expect a tough game. It is always difficult to play here for teams like South Africa and Argentina. We respect the Australia we are going to face. We have to do better than last year because we learned our lesson,” said Davids.