Bok’s camp more keen to win than number one sport ahead of Wales clash


Siya Kolisi and Mzwandile Stick at the Springbok Showdown post-match press conference in Newlands on October 3, 2020.

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  • The Springboks aren’t worried about number one, despite the All Blacks taking that spot.
  • The Springboks face Wales in Cardiff on Saturday.
  • The Bok group also celebrated the birthday of SA Rugby director of rugby Rassie Erasmus on Friday.

The Springboks captain and assistant coaching duo Siya Kolisi and Mzwandile Stick said they were not worried about fluctuations in the world rankings.

That position is currently held by New Zealand, which crushed Wales 54-16 in Cardiff last week while the Boks were still in transit from Paris.

The Welsh, whom the Boks haven’t beaten in Cardiff since 2013, are a tough test but Kolisi said winning will get them where they need to be.

“We only focus on what we do, and you can only be number one by winning your matches,” Kolisi said.

“You have to worry about sorting out your processes that will lead you to this victory. We have to take care of the preparations that will lead us to the winning position.”

While the Boks are also the subject of constant criticism for the way they play their rugby, Stick said winning rugby is what people want to see, with different teams dominating.

“We are only focusing on how we have to play because that will lead us to victory, and that will make the fans proud of us,” said Stick.

“The Boks are highly regarded and people love to watch a winning team. There is also the excitement of seeing different teams come out number one.

“Rugby needs team differences at the top and that’s what the fans deserve, but once we’re there we’ll stay.”

That’s when SA Rugby’s director of rugby, Rassie Erasmus, playfully intervened, from which Kolisi and Stick wished the World Cup-winning coach a happy birthday. rugby 2019.

It was indicative of a very relaxed nature of the tour where the Boks enjoyed the sights and sounds of Paris before crossing the English Channel.

The Boks have made various sporting visits to Paris, and they stayed with Kolisi as they relaxed ahead of the work due this week.

“It was nice to go see football and see some of the greatest players in the world,” Kolisi said.

“We are also friends and we want to see our favorite players in the world. It was really a lesson in humility and they had their feet on the ground.

“It was also a great experience to see the atmosphere in the stadiums and how different it is from what we are used to.”



15 Johnny McNicholl, 14 Louis Rees-Zammit, 13 Jonathan Davies (captain), 12 Nick Tompkins, 11 Josh Adams, 10 Dan Biggar, 9 Tomos Williams, 8 Aaron Wainwright, 7 Taine Basham, 6 Ellis Jenkins, 5 Adam Beard, 4 Will Rowlands, 3 Tomas Francis, 2 Ryan Elias, 1 Rhys Carré

Alternates: 16 Bradley Roberts, 17 Wyn Jones, 18 WillGriff John, 19 Ben Carter, 20 Seb Davies, 21 Gareth Davies, 22 Gareth Anscombe, 23 Liam Williams

South Africa

15 Damian Willemse, 14 Jesse Kriel, 13 Lukhanyo Am, 12 Damian de Allende, 11 Makazole Mapimpi, 10 Handre Pollard, 9 Herschel Jantjies, 8 Duane Vermeulen, 7 Kwagga Smith, 6 Siya Kolisi (captain), 5 Lood de Jager, 4 Eben Etzebeth, 3 Trevor Nyakane, 2 Bongi Mbonambi, 1 Ox Nche

Alternates: 16 Malcolm Marx, 17 Steven Kitshoff, 18 Vincent Koch, 19 Franco Mostert, 20 Jasper Wiese, 21 Cobus Reinach, 22 Elton Jantjies, 23 Frans Steyn

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