Rugby Championship

ABs no mickey mouse team

2013-10-04 16:00
Jean de Villiers (File)

Johannesburg - Following a successful season so far this year, the Springboks face their defining Test in the Rugby Championship against the All Blacks at Ellis Park in Johannesburg on Saturday.

Springbok captain Jean de Villiers said their 29-15 defeat to the All Blacks at Eden Park, Auckland, last month proved it was a tough ask.

"The fact of the matter is it is not a Mickey Mouse team we’re up against on Saturday -- they are the number-one ranked team in the world and are the World Cup winners," De Villiers said on Friday.

"They also want to win the competition and the game, so that makes for a great game.

"Four tries is definitely not the focus.

"We are really looking forward to it.

"We have a choice -- we can be frightened by it, or we can embrace it and look forward to the challenge."

Engelbrecht came through full training sessions on Wednesday and Friday as has been passed fit for his 10th Test for South Africa.

As a result, Jan Serfontein will start this match on the Springboks’ bench.

Teams:

Springboks:

15 Zane Kirchner, 14 Willie le Roux, 13 JJ Engelbrecht, 12 Jean de Villiers (captain), 11 Bryan Habana, 10 Morné Steyn, 9 Fourie du Preez, 8 Duane Vermeulen, 7 Willem Alberts, 6 Francois Louw, 5 Juandré Kruger, 4 Eben Etzebeth, 3 Jannie du Plessis, 2 Bismarck du Plessis, 1 Tendai Mtawarira

Substitutes: 16, Adriaan Strauss, 17 Gurthrö Steenkamp, 18 Coenie Oosthuizen, 19 Franco van der Merwe, 20 Siya Kolisi, 21 Ruan Pienaar, 22 Pat Lambie, 23 Jan Serfontein

New Zealand:

15 Israel Dagg, 14 Ben Smith, 13 Conrad Smith, 12 Ma'a Nonu, 11 Julian Savea, 10 Aaron Cruden, 9 Aaron Smith, 8 Kieran Read, 7 Richie McCaw (captain), 6 Liam Messam, 5 Sam Whitelock, 4 Brodie Retallick, 3 Charlie Faumuina, 2 Andrew Hore, 1 Tony Woodcock

Substitutes: 16 Dane Coles, 17 Wyatt Crockett, 18 Ben Franks, 19 Steven Luatua, 20 Sam Cane, 21 Tawera Kerr-Barlow, 22 Beauden Barrett, 23 Charles Piutau


 

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