Cape Town - The Springboks will continue to work hard and look for
improvement as they head to Perth where they will face the Wallabies next in
the 2017 Rugby Championship.
The second part of the Springbok squad, consisting of the
forwards and some management staff, travelled to Perth on Saturday evening.
The backs arrived in Australia on Saturday morning already
and immediately went to work in preparation for next Saturday’s Test, while the
forwards were put through their paces in a midday session at the EG Jansen High
School in Boksburg.
Springbok coach Allister Coetzee addressed the media
afterwards, and mentioned that he was satisfied with the team’s preparations
over the past two days following their three-day break. The Springboks arrived
from Salta on Tuesday and the squad reassembled in Johannesburg on Friday
According to Coetzee, the Springbok squad is in good spirit,
all players are in very good health and the group is looking forward to the
“Our players are in a very good space, they are all
medically fit and excited about the next two weeks. While we are happy with the
results against the Pumas, we will continue to work hard on our processes and
we definitely want to improve on the Salta performance. We are still growing as
a team and our immediate focus for now is the next Test, in Perth.
“We are not getting too far ahead of ourselves. The
Wallabies, in Australia, is a huge challenge and if you look at recent contests
between us, then you will see the results have been close,” explained Coetzee.
He added: “We squad had a good, high intensity session
before the backs left on Friday evening, and this afternoon (Saturday) the
forwards gave us another excellent effort on the training pitch.”
Regarding the impressive impact of the Springbok bench so
far this season, Coetzee said:
“Nowadays, the game is faster, players are fitter and the
collisions much bigger. It is therefore important to have a match 23 where
every player is ready to start. We don’t look at players as good starters or
good impact players. The entire match squad is selected to do a job, and our
players understand that.”
Coetzee will announce his team for the September 9 Test on