Rugby Championship

Boks 'grow extra leg' at home

2014-09-23 09:15
Will Genia (Gallo Images)
Cape Town - Wallaby scrumhalf Will Genia says they expect a different Springbok outfit at Newlands to the one they encountered in Perth.

The Wallabies sneaked a 24-23 win earlier in the Rugby Championship but are preparing for a Springbok backlash this Saturday.

Since winning 26-3 at Newlands in 1992, the Wallabies have lost seven times there, including a 28-8 mauling last year.

Genia, back from ankle surgery and on track for a spot on the bench, says they must rise to the occasion against a fired-up Bok team.

"The boys can take confidence in knowing they beat them in Australia and can take it to them. But it's going to be hard," he told AAP.

"You look at the South African side that turned up against the All Blacks in Wellington (losing 14-10), that was a completely different team in terms of their approach and their mentality to the one that played the Wallabies in Perth.

"And they grow an extra leg when they go back home so it's going to be tough. Playing in Cape Town against the Springboks is as big as playing the All Blacks in New Zealand."

The Wallabies and Springboks are both on 10 points, six points behind tournament leaders New Zealand with two Tests left in the southern hemisphere series.

Saturday's Test kicks off at 17:05.


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