Springbok assistant coach Johann van Graan says that they are looking forward to this week’s challenge of facing the All Blacks in the Rugby Championship.
South Africa have suffered back to back defeats and as a result have dropped to fourth (on 84.30 points) in the World Rugby rankings.
New Zealand are so far ahead in first place (on 96 points) that even if they beat South Africa this weekend they will not earn any benefit in the rankings and their points value will stay the same. The only change in the points would be if South Africa were to win.
Although the odds are heaily against South Africa winning an Graan says that the Springboks will be determined to improve against the reigning world champions.
“We have a few strengths that we want to use and each rugby match has its own character,” said Van Graan.
“You have to be able to take the pressure and apply pressure and the team that is able to do that for the full 80 minutes will win the Test.
“The two rugby rivals have huge respect for each other and it’s always a special occasion when the two sides meet. Whether you on the coaching staff or playing, you want to test yourself against the best in the world and on Saturday this will be such an occasion.”
Willem Alberts has been added to the squad and joined the team at the training ground soon after his arrival from France.