Friday, July 14, 2006

Boks prepared for Wallaby face-off

By Tarryn Le Chat

As the Tri-Nations are underway, the Springboks are confident of their game against Australia on Saturday. Although the Springboks are fielding far from their first-choice team because of injuries sustained to key players, Bok coach, Jake White, still boasts a monster pack including Victor Matfield, who has an enormous presence on the field. Injured players are playmaker Jean de Villiers, flyhalf Andre Pretorius, lock Bakkies Botha and flank Schalk Burger. White’s game plan is not to move away from what works for the Boks. White believes that if you have a pack of forwards that dominate and win games in one abstract, then you stick to it. Time will tell in Saturday’s match whether the Boks’ power will win out against the Wallaby’s skill on the field.



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