Rugby Championship

Kolisi: We've dealt with Mendoza loss

2018-09-07 13:50
Siya Kolisi (Gallo)

Cape Town - Springbok captain Siya Kolisi says they have put last month’s loss to Argentina in Mendoza behind them as they brace for Saturday’s Rugby Championship encounter against Australia.

The Boks opened their campaign with a 34-21 win over Los Pumas in Durban on August 18, before losing 32-19 the following week in Mendoza.

Kolisi told reporters in Brisbane on Friday that the Boks had a really good week’s training.

“I think we adapted to the weather and jet lag quickly. We have been training a bit later.”

When asked how the players have taken the loss in Mendoza, Kolisi responded: “We have already (dealt with it). We are excited to play this weekend and make sure we give our best again to win away from home. We need this win so we still have a chance to win the competition.”

After Saturday’s Test, the Boks will travel to New Zealand for a clash against the All Blacks in Wellington (September 15), before returning home for the return matches against the Wallabies (Port Elizabeth, September 29) and All Blacks (Pretoria, October 6).

Saturday’s Test in Brisbane kicks off at 12:00 (SA time).

Teams:

Australia

15 Dane Haylett-Petty, 14 Jack Maddocks, 13 Reece Hodge, 12 Matt Toomua, 11 Marika Koroibete, 10 Kurtley Beale, 9 Will Genia, 8 Pete Samu, 7 Michael Hooper (captain), 6 Lukhan Tui, 5 Izack Rodda , 4 Rory Arnold, 3 Allan Alaalatoa, 2 Tatafu Polota-Nau, 1 Scott Sio

Substitutes: 16 Folau Faingaa, 17 Tom Robertson, 18 Taniela Tupou, 19 Rob Simmons, 20 Ned Hanigan, 21 Joe Powell, 22 Bernard Foley, 23 Tom Banks

South Africa

15 Willie le Roux, 14 Makazole Mapimpi, 13 Jesse Kriel, 12 Damian de Allende, 11 Aphiwe Dyantyi, 10 Elton Jantjies, 9 Faf de Klerk, 8 Warren Whiteley, 7 Pieter-Steph du Toit, 6 Siya Kolisi (captain), 5 Franco Mostert, 4 Eben Etzebeth, 3 Frans Malherbe, 2 Bongi Mbonambi, 1 Steven Kitshoff.

Substitutes: 16 Malcolm Marx, 17 Beast Mtawarira, 18 Wilco Louw, 19 RG Snyman, 20 Francois Louw, 21 Embrose Papier, 22 Handre Pollard, 23 Cheslin Kolbe

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