With the Super Rugby that finished last weekend and no South African team contesting the final many will be wondering what to expect from the Springboks in this year’s Castle Rugby Championships.
Springbok captain Jean de Villiers has made it clear that his focus for team is clearly to beat the All Blacks as reported by Planet Rugby website (www.planetrugby.com)
De Villiers said that Johannesburg he is looking to end the two year drought against the All Blacks in the Rugby Championship, “It still is a one game at a time approach and our focus is on Argentina,” Bok inside centre De Villiers revealed at a five-day training camp.
“But for us as a team, to go forward, it is important to beat the All Blacks. We haven’t done so in the last two years and that is one of our goals.
“We want to be the best team in the world and we want to get back to number-one and to do that we need to beat them.”
He added: “I don’t think the focus is just on them, the Wallaby team will be very competitive this year as well.”
“We can’t just focus on one team and when you beat them think you’ve made it, but it is one of the boxes we haven’t ticked in the last two years.
“We want to be able to tick that box and go into next year confident.”
For the Springboks to be able to get to the goals their captain is putting out there are going to be a difficult task as they have already lost a few key players from last year’s Bok side (who only lost twice to New Zeeland) and some raising concerns over some other players who is on their way back from injury.
Added that that we have already learned that Victor Matfield will miss the first test at Loftus against Argentina in the open round of this year Rugby Championship.
Meyer have still enough experience players in the team but this campaign will really be a tester for Meyer and his troops.
The biggest concern for Meyer will be the conditioning of his players and not too run out of steam when it counts. The Aussies will be a total different prospect this year and if you slip up in one game this year will easily push you to a third or even fourth spot at the end of the tournament.
The biggest question on most people’s lips will be what type of game Meyer will instruct his players to play. Last year the Boks have score the most points in the competition which shows their ability to score tries.
Since Meyer took over the Boks have been on an upward curve but this year will be a testing year for both coach and players.