Rassie: No mental scars from Wales defeat

2018-06-07 09:49
Rassie Erasmus (Gallo)

Cape Town - Springbok coach Rassie Erasmus is not worried that his team will lack preparation for Saturday’s series-opener against England in Johannesburg.

A 26-man Springbok squad left for America last week for a Test against Wales in Washington DC.

However, 15 players stayed behind in Johannesburg to prepare for the opening Test against England this weekend.

The Boks lost 22-20 to Wales last Saturday but Erasmus feels they won’t carry any mental scars of that defeat into the England series.

“The guys who travelled to America flew on the Wednesday. I stayed behind and flew on the Thursday so on the Thursday I still had a practice session with the guys who stayed behind,” Erasmus was quoted as saying by Netwerk24.

“The 15 guys who stayed behind have focused on the England Test since (last) Thursday. The guys who stayed behind do not have a ‘losing mentality’, so I don’t think it (the Wales loss) will have an impact on Saturday’s Test. We’ve now had about 10 days of preparation, so I believe we’ll be better prepared on Saturday.”

Meanwhile, it was confirmed on Wednesday that hooker Bismarck du Plessis and centre Frans Steyn will not take part in the England series due to injuries.

An SA Rugby statement said the players were injured playing for Montpellier in the French Top 14 final against Castres last weekend. It was not revealed what injuries the duo suffered.

There is also concern over the availability of tighthead prop Trevor Nyakane, who is struggling with a rib injury.

Erasmus will name his side at 11:30 on Thursday.

READ: Mystery surrounds Bismarck, Steyn injuries


What To Read Next


Read News24’s Comments Policy

Live Video Streaming
Video Highlights
Sport Talk

Saturday, 09 June 2018
Japan v Italy, Oita Bank Stadium 07:45
New Zealand v France, Eden Park 09:35
Australia v Ireland, Suncorp Stadium 12:00
South Africa v England, Emirates Airline Park 17:05
Argentina v Wales, Estadio Bicentenario 21:40
Sunday, 10 June 2018
Canada v Scotland, Commonwealth Stadium 03:10
Saturday, 16 June 2018
Japan v Italy, Noevir Stadium 07:00
New Zealand v France, Westpac Stadium 09:35
Australia v Ireland, AAMI Park 12:00
South Africa v England, Toyota Stadium 17:05
Argentina v Wales, Estadio Brigadier Estanislao López 21:40
Sunday, 17 June 2018
USA v Scotland, BBVA Compass Stadium 03:00
Saturday, 23 June 2018
New Zealand v France, Forsyth Barr Stadium 09:35
Australia v Ireland, Allianz Stadium 12:00
South Africa v England, Cape Town 17:05
Argentina v Scotland, Estadio Centenario 21:40
Saturday, 18 August 2018
South Africa v Argentina, Jonsson Kings Park Stadium 17:05

Will Elton Jantjies ever play for the Springboks again?

Love 2 Meet
Sport24 on Twitter

Follow Sport24 news on Twitter


The 2017/18 Absa Premiership season has wrapped up. For all the season highlights - and lowlights - be sure to visit Sport24!

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.