Boks need to be at their best
Johannesburg - Springbok captain Jean de Villiers said one good win over Australia last
week did not suddenly make his side a great team, and they would need
their best form to test the All Blacks in Soweto on Saturday.
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, the Springboks were under no illusions, he said. The All Blacks arrived
for the game as world champions, Bledisloe and Freedom Cup holders and
as the winners of the inaugural Investec Rugby Championship.
"We will need to take our game to the next level," he said.
game against the Aussies, it was just one of those games where they
suffered injury after injury. So we have to look at it in perspective:
we're not suddenly a great team after winning that one game. There are a
lot of improvements to be made."
However, de Villiers said the side had made progress and it was important it continued to improve.
or fortunately, in South Africa improvements are judged by the results.
So we will have to get a good one to carry us through to the end of the
year," he said.
New Zealand had the chance to extend their
winning run to 16 Tests in the match, one short of the record they
share, among the top nations, with South Africa, and two short of the
overall record held by Lithuania.
"It scares the living daylights out of me thinking how far they can go," de Villiers said of the All Blacks.
possible that if they beat us on Saturday they may go on to win all of
their games on the end of the year tour and eventually set the record at
23 Tests or something like that."
De Villiers was confident the South African flyhalf Johan Goosen, aged 20, would handle the pressure of the game.
can tell you that not a lot bothers the Goose. He just gets on with the
job. And the bigger the event, the bigger the response," de Villiers
"He has a great head on his shoulders. He will be able to
handle the pressure. But then it also has to be a case of the other 14
players taking as much of the pressure off him as we can," he said.
has had a heel problem and was replaced as goal kicker by halfback Ruan
Pienaar against Australia but de Villiers said Goosen kicked for the
first time in the week at training on Wednesday and it had gone well.Teams:
15 Zane Kirchner, 14 Bryan Habana
, 13 Jean de Villiers (captain), 12 Jaco Taute, 11 Francois Hougaard
, 10 Johan Goosen, 9 Ruan Pienaar
, 8 Duane Vermeulen
, 7 Willem Alberts
, 6 Francois Louw
, 5 Andries Bekker
, 4 Eben Etzebeth
, 3 Jannie du Plessis, 2 Adriaan Strauss
, 1 Beast Mtawarira
Substitutes: 16 Tiaan Liebenberg
, 17 Coenie Oosthuizen
, 18 Flip van der Merwe, 19 Marcell Coetzee
, 20 Elton Jantjies
, 21 Juan de Jongh, 22 Patrick Lambie
Israel Dagg, 14 Cory Jane, 13 Conrad Smith, 12 Ma'a Nonu, 11 Hosea
Gear, 10 Dan Carter, 9 Aaron Smith, 8 Kieran Read, 7 Richie McCaw
(captain), 6 Liam Messam, 5 Sam Whitelock, 4 Brodie Retallick, 3 Owen
Franks, 2 Andrew Hore, 1 Tony Woodcock
Substitutes: 16 Keven Mealamu, 17 Ben Franks, 18 Luke Romano, 19 Adam Thomson, 20 Piri Weepu, 21 Aaron Cruden, 22 Tamati Ellison