Squire relishing battle with Kolisi

Fri, 06 Oct 2017 08:50

IN THE SPOTLIGHT: All Blacks loose forward Liam Squire says the Springboks have too much depth to put out a weak loose trio for Test match rugby.

Springbok head coach Allister Coetzee surprised many with his selections for Saturday's Test against the All Blacks at Newlands after he moved Francois Louw to No.8 and bringing in Pieter-Steph du Toit into the starting XV at No.7.

However, Squire believes that no matter who is in the Boks' back row, they will put up a strong challenge in that area of the game.

"I guess it is not going to be a helluva lot different," said Squire. "They always had good loose forwards and their game sort of revolves around the physicality and their loose forwards definitely bring.

"We know for the likes of me, [Kieran] Read and Sam [Cane], we are going to have to be on top of our game if we want to combat that." 

Squire is also looking forward to another battle with Bok star Siyamthanda Kolisi on the field.

"He has been outstanding in the Super Rugby campaign as captain and the for his international performances. 

"He is a player that we are aware of. It is exciting for a No.6 to go head-to-head with a guy like him," Squire added.

Meanwhile, All Blacks prop Wyatt Crockett is looking for another strong performance in the scrums against the Boks.

"We obviously put a lot of work in our scrums and we have just been focussing on that and making sure we do our roles really well," said Crockett. 

"Last time it was a real contest and we are sure it is going to be the same again, no matter who plays. 

"We are looking forward to that challenge. It is always tough against the Boks and it is an exciting challenge." 

By Warren Fortune
@FortuneWarren
@rugby365com

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