Town - The Springboks left for the
Australasian tour on Saturday "hurting", "desperate" and
"feeling the pressure".
Those were the words of Bok coach
Rassie Erasmus at OR Tambo International
shortly before the squad's flight to Australia, where they take on the
Wallabies in Brisbane next weekend.
Erasmus is looking for the Boks
to bounce back from their disappointing 32-19 loss they suffered against
Argentina in Mendoza last weekend.
"Whenever you lose there is
pressure and we are feeling the pressure," Erasmus said in a video posted
on SA Rugbymag.
The coach said he understood the
frustrations of Bok supporters after the Mendoza result.
"The moment we think that
people shouldn't be happy when we lose against a team like Argentina, we
shouldn't be here," he said.
"That's something we must
cherish ... if people are upset and sad when you lose, it shows they still
"We are hurting and I can
stand here and say pretty words, but it wouldn't really help. The only thing
that matters is what happens on Saturday."
The Wallabies, though, are also
not in great shape having suffered two heavy losses to the All Blacks over the
last two weekends.
"They're maybe in an even
worse position than us. In the two games they had, they played the world
champions and they got given a proper hiding," Erasmus said.
"They will be desperate and
that will make them dangerous. We are also desperate, and we lost to a team
that we didn't want to lose to.
"It'll be two teams trying
their best to rectify the previous week's mistakes. We're ready and up for the
challenge and the only way we're going to get last week out of our minds is by
The match against Australia takes
place in Brisbane on Saturday and kick-off is at 12:00 (SA time).