No speed bump for Boks

Springbok centre Jaque Fourie has dismissed the accusation that the Springboks lack pace out wide.

Following the loss of Bryan Habana to injury against the Crusaders, the Boks speed stocks have taken a severe battering ahead of the opening match against the World XV at Ellis Park on June 3.

But Fourie, who has played on both wings and fullback before settling into the No 13 jersey, believes the Bok’s chances will not be adversely affected. “I don’t think there is a real worry about pace out wide. Although we are short of out-and-out wings, there are enough of us with plenty of experience to cover if needed,” he said.

It seems Andre Snyman and Gaffie du Toit will fill the No 11 and No 14 jerseys respectively. it is certainly how they ran at practice at Vodacom Park this morning.

Despite the fact that the World XV is expected to play a Barbarians style of rugby in the unofficial Test, the Boks will stick to what is needed for more important fixtures later in the year.

“The World XV might try and spread the ball wide and so on, whatever works for them, but we are going to concentrate on our own game plan. That said they are a world class team and will test us both physically and mentally.”

Fourie added that despite most players coming off a disappointing Vodacom Super 14, the spirit in the squad was good. “It’s been a long and hard Super 14, but we are all enjoying being part of the Boks again. We are just looking forward to play.”

By Andrew Hollely, in Bloemfontein