Springboks

Game day! Can Boks finish with a flourish?

2017-12-02 07:44
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Cardiff - South Africa coach Allister Coetzee believes it will be a sign of the Springboks' "massive improvement" if they beat Wales in their final Test of 2017.

Coetzee's men will be aiming to avoid a third successive defeat by Wales when they run out at Cardiff's Principality Stadium on Saturday.

READ: Etzebeth: We don't need special motivation

South Africa, one of rugby union's traditional major powers, suffered a humiliating 38-3 loss to Ireland in Dublin three weeks ago but have since beaten France and Italy while in Europe.

"I am really satisfied with the progress shown this year, which has been massive compared to this time last year," Coetzee told reporters on Friday.

"The players have grown, there is a lot of cohesion and the evolution has been satisfactory. If we could finish the tour with three wins, it would show a massive improvement," the under-pressure coach added.

"Ireland were too good for us on the night and played an excellent kicking game. We learnt from that and pulled through against France, and we were clinical against Italy. We have to take it one step further this weekend.

"The team is completely different from Cardiff last year, the team environment has changed a hell of a lot and our processes are in place with a clear understanding of how we want to play."

READ: Boks boast 88% win record v Wales

Meanwhile Springbok captain Eben Etzebeth insisted: "If you play for, or coach, the Boks, there is always going to be pressure.

"The whole rugby-mad nation is looking at you, and tomorrow's game is going to be another pressure Test. We are looking forward to it."

The lock added: "We always look at our scrum as a weapon. We're a set-piece team, we like scrummaging, the mauling battle. We don't care who we are playing out there, we always go for them at scrums, mauls and line-outs."

Saturday's Test is scheduled for 16:30 (SA time).

Teams:

Wales

15 Leigh Halfpenny, 14 Hallam Amos, 13 Scott Williams, 12 Hadleigh Parkes, 11 Steff Evans, 10 Dan Biggar, 9 Aled Davies, 8 Taulupe Faletau, 7 Josh Navidi, 6 Aaron Shingler, 5 Alun Wyn Jones, 4 Cory Hill, 3 Scott Andrews, 2 Kristian Dacey, 1 Rob Evans

Substitutes: 16 Elliot Dee, 17 Wyn Jones, 18. Rhodri Jones, 19 Seb Davies, 20 Dan Lydiate, 21 Rhys Webb, 22 Rhys Patchell, 23 Owen Watkin

South Africa

15 Andries Coetzee, 14 Dillyn Leyds, 13 Jesse Kriel, 12 Francois Venter, 11 Warrick Gelant, 10 Handre Pollard, 9 Ross Cronjé, 8 Dan du Preez, 7 Pieter-Steph du Toit, 6 Siya Kolisi, 5 Lood de Jager, 4 Eben Etzebeth, 3 Wilco Louw, 2 Malcolm Marx, 1 Steven Kitshoff

Substitutes: 16 Bongi Mbonambi, 17 Trevor Nyakane, 18 Ruan Dreyer, 19 Oupa Mohoje 20 Uzair Cassiem, 21 Louis Schreuder, 22 Elton Jantjies, 23 Lukhanyo Am

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