Springboks

Excited Junior Boks land in Edinburgh

2018-05-01 18:25
Salmaan Moerat (Gallo Images)

Cape Town - Junior Springbok captain Salmaan Moerat said his team was excited to get going on their UK tour shortly after the team’s arrival in Edinburgh on Tuesday.

The team wasted no time getting into the swing of things, as they immediately headed to the gym for a high-intensity activation session.

Coach Chean Roux’s charges will face Scotland on Friday in their opening tour match, which will be followed by clashes against Wales in Cardiff on Tuesday, May 8, and England in London on Friday, May 11.

The tour forms part of the team’s preparations for the World Rugby U20 Championship, which will be hosted in the south of France from May 30 to June 17.

“It’s first things first after landing in the UK,” said Moerat. “We will go through our recovery processes to get over the flight and get ready for the first game.

“That said, there is a general feeling of excitement among the players, as we are all looking forward to the tour and the experience of playing in the UK.”

The captain expected a challenging tour, but he said they planned to take each match in their stride.

“Each team we are facing is a quality side in their own right,” said Moerat, who is also a former SA Schools captain. “We are facing Scotland first, so we will focus on that match for now, and take it step by step.

“In saying that the Scottish are renowned for a good scrum and maul, so we will do our homework on all the teams we face and hopefully it will go well.”

With all three teams participating in the World Rugby U20 Championship and coming off a U20 Six Nations campaign, Moerat said the experience of facing these sides on their home turf would be invaluable with an eye on the international spectacle in the south of France.

“Playing overseas is massive for our preparation going forward,” he said. “It will give us time to adapt to the climate and conditions, and to get a feel of the style of rugby the northern hemisphere teams’ play. So hopefully we can adjust very quickly and tick the boxes that we need to.”

The team will have their first field training session on Wednesday.

 

Read News24’s Comments Policy

Previous Results

Date Home Team Result Away Team
Vote

The main reason for the Springboks' opening Rugby World Cup match defeat to the All Blacks was?

 
 
Men
Women
Love 2 Meet
English Premiership flutter

Take Sport24's "expert" tips at your peril...

Sport24 on Twitter

Follow Sport24 news on Twitter

Featured

The 2018/19 Absa Premiership season is in full swing. Will Mamelodi Sundowns retain their title? Or can one of Kaizer Chiefs, Orlando Pirates, Wits, SuperSport United - or another team perhaps - snatch glory from the Brazilians? Be sure to visit Sport24 for all the latest news!

Latest blogs
 

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

 
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.