Jean de Villiers (AP)
Johannesburg – The dust has not quite settled since the Springboks’ embarrassing 34-32 defeat to Japan in their Rugby World Cup opener in Brighton, England over the weekend but the team is keen to get back to set the record straight.
Springbok assistant coach Ricardo Loubscher said they would first do the post mortem before putting the horror behind them and focus their attention on a physical battle against Samoa in Birmingham over the weekend.
“We will look at the video and it will be important to identify where we’ve made mistakes so we can go out and rectify them and ensure the players’ are in the right mindset,” Loubscher said.
“Every player, every coach, every member of the management team is ready to go out there and we can’t wait to make up for the weekend.”
Loubscher stressed that the team also needed to be mentally strong for their encounter against the Pacific Islanders.
“They are a physical team and we would firstly have to ensure we have the right attitude, they will certainly come at us and it would be important that we are prepared physically and mentally,” he said.
“All of us are look forward to training and to get the review out of the way and get ready as soon as possible.”