Cape Town - Junior Springbok captain Hanro
Liebenberg on Monday emphasised the need for a better all-round performance
when the South Africans face Australia in a vital World Rugby Under-20
Championship pool B fixture in Calvisano in Italy.
South Africa lead their pool following
bonus-point wins over Italy and Samoa. The Baby Bok skipper and No 8 said his
team was well aware of the important nature of Wednesday’s Australian clash.
“We see this as a knock-out match, a must
win game for us and we will approach it as if it’s a quarterfinal. Only a
single point separate us from Australia and we want to win so that we can
progress to semi-finals,” explained Liebenberg.
The SA Under-20 skipper agrees that the
team’s powerful forwards have dominated the two previous matches, but expressed
a desire for a more all-round performance against the astute Australians.
“Australia is a quality side and will
definitely pose a different challenge compared to Samoa or Italy. Our forwards
will have to stamp their authority on the match and provide the platform for
our backs to be more involved.
“Our backline wants to see more ball going
out wide and they showed in Argentina and here in Italy that they can strike
very well when we they are in attacking positions,” added Liebenberg
Since arriving in Italy almost two weeks
ago, the team have experience extremely hot and humid conditions, to the extent
that tournament organisers agree to two water breaks in the previous round of
matches as a method of give the players some relief from the sizzling hot
The Baby Boks’ management have adjusted the
team’s daily training schedule by introducing a daily gym and recovery session
at mid-morning followed by a single training session, usually during early
evening, when temperatures are still in the high 20 degrees.
Coach Dawie Theron will name his match-23
on Tuesday. They will complete their match preparations with the customary captain’s
The match kicks off at 20:30 and will be
televised live on SuperSport while World Rugby will also stream all the action
live on the Internet.