It was a very happy Springbok coach at the first Springbok training session in Australia with Elton Jantjies back in training.
Both Elton Jantjies and Francois Hougaard who have suffered injuries have come through training with no problem ahead of the Springboks Rugby Championships match against Australia.
Jantjies left the field against Argentina in the second half and was a in doubt for the two test in Australasia. Hougaard did not take part in the first two test against the Argentinians due to a knee injury.
“Elton Jantjies came through his training exercises very well and so did Francois, so all of the players are ready to go when we resume preparations on Monday,” confirmed Coetzee.
Regarding the battle against the Wallabies, Coetzee said: “We know the Wallabies will be looking to turn the tables on us this weekend, but we are focusing on ourselves and we want to make sure we eliminate the unforced errors and deliver a much-improved performance.”
Coetzee added his players have already benefitted from their earlier arrival in Australia. “I am very happy that we’ve come to Brisbane a couple of days earlier than usual. Arriving here on the Friday allowed us to have a good training session today (Saturday). We’ve crossed several time-zones the past few days, first flying to Argentina and back home, and then down to Australia. I am very satisfied with the way the players have performed during training, and it shows the team has adapted well to the local conditions,” explained Coetzee.
Prop Tendai Mtawarira also cautioned that Australia will be a difficult opponent next weekend. “The Wallabies are always tough to play against on their home turf. They are a very good technical side and we will have to make sure we prepare well for them,” said Mtawarira.
“Individual mistakes cost us in Salta and we have to rectify those mistakes during training in the coming week, so that don’t repeat them against Australia,” added the experienced prop.
The Springboks is lying second behind the All Blacks on the log with one win and one defeat.