Boks ready for Wallaby 'niggle'

Tue, 06 Sep 2016 14:57
Large lodewyk de jager springboks looks 800

INTERVIEW: South Africa are ready 'fight fire with fire' when they play Australia in Brisbane on Saturday.

The Springboks expect more of the niggle - which blighted the Wallabies' 9-29 loss to the All Blacks in Round Two of the Rugby Championship - when the Aussies and South Africans go head-to-head this week.

Australia have collected the most yellow cards in the opening two rounds, which also saw them concede 23 penalties.

However, it was the blatantly obvious niggle and off-the-ball stuff that cast a cloud over the Wallabies in the second Test in Wellington - a game that also produced the infamous non-gouging Owen Franks incident - that hit the headlines.

Bok lock Lodewyk de Jager admitted there are always a bit of niggle in games between South Africa and Australia.

"I think there will be a bit of off-the-ball stuff from them," he said of Saturday's Brisbane encounter, adding: "We won't stand back in that department."

Springbok assistant coach Matt Proudfoot said the South Africans are expecting a huge challenge by the Wallaby forwards, who have come under fire for their performances in the two heavy defeats against the All Blacks.

"Results are no always indicative of how teams play," Proudfoot told a media briefing at the team's training base in Brisbane.

"Test matches are determined by small margins," he said, adding that Australia are a very good side.

He described the All Blacks as a "pretty smart" team and felt the Aussie pack will put pressure on the Boks, who themselves are coming off a bitterly disappointing loss.

"The Australian line-outs have been exceptional throughout the years. In Super Rugby that was one of their stand-out departments," Proudfoot said.

"Also, their defensive breakdown is superb and their scrums are very good. We know up front it's going to be a tough challenge."

De Jager also dismissed the suggestion the Wallabies' wobbly line-outs could be a soft underbelly in Brisbane.

"They go for a lot of five-man line-outs," De Jager said, adding: "They have good jumpers in [Scott] Fardy, [Adam] Coleman and [Dean] Mumm.

"The All Blacks are a very good 'man-watching' side in the line-outs and if you have an off day they will punish you.

"In the series against England [in June], Australia won a lot of line-out ball, so it should not be a concern for them.

"They will come with some new plans in the line-outs.

"The media made a big issue of it and they would have rectified it," he said of Australia's set-piece issues.

@rugby365com

There are currently no matches being played
FIXTURE GMT VENUE
Fri, 15 December 2017
Ulster v Harlequins 19h45 Kingspan Stadium
Sat, 16 December 2017
Treviso v Scarlets 13h00 Stadio Comunale di Monigo
Montpellier v Glasgow Warriors 13h00 Altrad Stadium
Leinster v Exeter Chiefs 15h15 Aviva Stadium
Racing Metro v Castres 15h15 Stade Yves-du-Manoir
Bath v Toulon 17h30 Recreation Ground
Sun, 17 December 2017
Wasps v La Rochelle 13h00 Ricoh Arena
Clermont Auvergne v Saracens 15h15 Stade Marcel-Michelin
Ospreys v Northampton Saints 15h15 Liberty Stadium
Leicester Tigers v Munster 17h30 Welford Road
Fri, 22 December 2017
Wasps v Gloucester 22h00 Ricoh Arena
Newcastle Falcons v Harlequins 22h00 Kingston Park
Northampton Saints v Exeter Chiefs 22h00 Franklin's Gardens
Leicester Tigers v Saracens 22h00 Welford Road
Worcester Warriors v Leicester Tigers 22h00 Sixways
Sale Sharks v Bath 22h00 AJ Bell Stadium
RESULT SCORE
Mon, 11 December 2017
Saracens v Clermont Auvergne 14 | 46
Sun, 10 December 2017
Exeter Chiefs v Leinster 8 | 18
Harlequins v Ulster 5 | 17
La Rochelle v Wasps 49 | 29
Sat, 09 December 2017
Munster v Leicester Tigers 33 | 10
Castres v Racing Metro 16 | 13
Northampton Saints v Ospreys 32 | 43
Toulon v Bath 24 | 20
Scarlets v Treviso 33 | 28
Fri, 08 December 2017
Glasgow Warriors v Montpellier 22 | 29
Sun, 03 December 2017
Harlequins v Saracens 20 | 19
Sat, 02 December 2017
Cheetahs v Scarlets 28 | 21
Munster v Ospreys 36 | 10
Wasps v Leicester Tigers 32 | 25
Treviso v Leinster 10 | 36
RUGBY CHAMPIONSHIP
MORE LOGS
Team P W D L Pts
New Zealand 6 6 0 0 28
Australia 6 2 2 2 15
South Africa 6 2 2 1 14
Argentina 6 0 0 6 0