Perth - The Springboks were greeted with pleasant
conditions when they arrived in Perth on Sunday afternoon, after three days of
training in a very cold Johannesburg.
The Boks had three hard training sessions at
Fourways High School before their departure to Australia on Saturday evening.
They arrived at their Perth hotel early on Sunday afternoon (Australian time).
The Springboks face Australia at Patersons
Stadium on Saturday (kick-off 12:05 SA time). The honours are even between
these sides in Western Australia - of the seven matches played here since 1998,
each team has won three, while one ended in a draw.
The Boks’ overall record in Australia is 12
wins and one draw out of 34 matches, while the South African Super
Rugby franchises also found the going tough here in 2014, winning only one out
of their 10 matches on Australian soil.
“It’s always tough to play away from home, but
we also see it as a challenge,” said Springbok coach Heyneke Meyer.
“It’s great to be here and all the players and
management are excited to get down to business when we hit the training field
“We trained very hard the last couple of days
and a few more tough sessions are waiting for us this week. Although we got the
results against Argentina, our standards are higher than how we performed on
the field and we want to improve this weekend.
“It will require a lot of focus and hard work
from everyone involved this week. Australia may have lost last weekend against
New Zealand, but the week before that they drew in Sydney. We respect them as
opposition and can’t afford any slip ups on Saturday.”