Cape Town - Veteran Ireland prop Mike Ross says there won’t
be a repeat of their humiliating third-Test loss to New Zealand when they tackle
South Africa in Port Elizabeth on Saturday.
Ireland toured New Zealand for a three-Test series in 2012
which they lost 3-0.
After losing the first Test 42-10 in Auckland, the Irish rebounded
in the second and were unlucky to lose 22-19 in Christchurch.
They then fell apart in the third Test in Hamilton, losing
In the current three-Test series against South Africa, the Irish are level at 1-1 going into the
But they are at the end of the gruelling season, playing
their 17th Test which included the Rugby World Cup.
Ross, a 60-Test capped veteran and a survivor of the 2012
New Zealand tour, says there are no signs of a repeat performance from the
demolition in Hamilton.
"The last time I was on a three-Test tour was in New
Zealand and that didn't end so well, so there's a lot of motivation to make
sure that doesn't happen," the 36-year-old tighthead told the Irish Independent.
"We're just going to empty the tanks; just go as hard
as we can. Hopefully there will be a little history there for us. It's a huge
carrot for us."
Saturday’s clash at Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium is scheduled
Willie le Roux, 14 JP Pietersen, 13 Lionel Mapoe, 12 Damian de Allende,
11 Ruan Combrinck, 10 Elton Jantjies, 9 Faf de Klerk, 8 Warren
Whiteley, 7 Siya Kolisi, 6 Francois Louw, 5 Pieter-Steph du Toit, 4 Eben
Etzebeth, 3 Frans Malherbe, 2 Adriaan Strauss (captain), 1 Tendai
Substitutes: 16 Bongi Mbonambi, 17 Steven Kitshoff, 18
Julian Redelinghuys, 19 Franco Mostert, 20 Jaco Kriel, 21 Rudy Paige, 22
Morne Steyn, 23 Lwazi Mvovo
15 Tiernan O'Halloran, 14 Andrew Trimble, 13 Luke Marshall, 12 Stuart
Olding, 11 Keith Earls, 10 Paddy Jackson, 9 Conor Murray, 8 Jamie
Heaslip, 7 Jordi Murphy, 6 CJ Stander, 5 Devin Toner, 4 Iain Henderson, 3
Mike Ross, 2 Rory Best (captain) 1 Jack McGrath
Substitutes: 16 Sean Cronin, 17 Finlay Bealham, 18 Tadhg Furlong, 19 Ultan Dillane, 20 Rhys Ruddock, 21 Eoin Reddan, 22 Ian Madigan, 23 Matt Healy