White not worried
5 Jun 2006
Jake White believes the Springboks’ dismal performance against the World XV means little in the larger scheme of things.
The Bok XV were outscored by two tries to nil at Ellis Park, but their coach is not too concerned ahead of the first Test against Scotland in Durban.
“You cannot compare the game with what will happen against Scotland,” said White. “They are completely different teams because Os du Randt, John Smit, Schalk Burger and Juan Smith will be back.
“To say we need to work on our game is unfair because we will have different people running different lines and different players carrying up the ball.”
White is also expected to include Victor Matfield in the Bok starting XV, a week earlier than he’d originally planned, after Albert van den Berg picked up a shoulder injury.
What Saturday’s match did prove is that the Boks lack the depth of the All Blacks, whose second string side thrashed Ireland and Scotland on their 2005 Grand Slam tour. It’s unlikely a second string Bok team would be able to achieve something similar.
“Our back up guys do need more game time at this level,” admitted White.
Possible Springbok side to play Scotland:
15 Percy Montgomery, 14 Breyton Paulse, 13 Jaque Fourie, 12 Jean de Villiers, 11 Gaffie du Toit/Andre Snyman, 10 Jaco van der Westhuzyen, 9 Fourie du Preez, 8 Joe van Niekerk/Jacques Cronje, 7 Juan Smith, 6 Schalk Burger, 5 Victor Matfield, 4 Danie Rossouw, 3 Eddie Andrews, 2 John Smit, 1 Os du Randt