Jantjies back training after Salta injury
NEWS: Springbok flyhalf Elton Jantjies and scrumhalf Francois Hougaard have returned to the training field on Saturday after the Boks' arrival in Australia.
The return of the halfback pairing is good news for the Springboks ahead of their Rugby Championship match against Australia.
Both suffered injury niggle recently. Jantjies was forced to leave the field early against Argentina in Salta last weekend after he sustained a bruise to the thigh. While Hougaard missed both Tests against the Pumas with a troublesome knee.
Springbok coach Allister Coetzee stated he was very happy with his squad’s first training session at the Anglican Church School field in Brisbane and the squad will have a rest on Sunday before resuming their preparations on Monday.
"Elton Jantjies came through his training exercises very well and so did Francois [Hougaard], so all of the players are ready to go when we resume preparations on Monday," confirmed Coetzee.
Regarding the battle against the Wallabies, Coetzee said: "We know the Wallabies will be looking to turn the tables on us this weekend, but we are focusing on ourselves and we want to make sure we eliminate the unforced errors and deliver a much-improved performance,"
Coetzee added his players have already benefitted from their earlier arrival in Australia.
"I am very happy that we’ve come to Brisbane a couple of days earlier than usual. Arriving here on the Friday allowed us to have a good training session [on Saturday]. We’ve crossed several time-zones the past few days, first flying to Argentina and back home, and then down to Australia.
"I am very satisfied with the way the players have performed during training, and it shows the team has adapted well to the local conditions," explained Coetzee.
Prop Tendai Mtawarira also cautioned that Australia will be a difficult opponent next weekend.
"The Wallabies are always tough to play against on their home turf. They are a very good technical side and we will have to make sure we prepare well for them.
"Individual mistakes cost us in Salta and we have to rectify those mistakes during training in the coming week, so that don’t repeat them against Australia.
Mtawarira equalled the Springbok appearance record of Os du Randt last weekend in Salta when he played in his 80th Test for the Springboks.