Boks safe and sound

A relaxed and relieved Springbok team arrived safely and on time in Sydney on Friday.

Following the flight delays that disrupted an entire day’s preparation on Monday, team management were hoping for a smoother ride from Joburg to Sydney overnight.

And thankfully there were no repeats of Monday’s distraction and the squad slipped into Australia with little fuss earlier this morning. They arrived to a quiet reception and simply went about their business as usual.

Springbok media manager Vusi Kama told that the flight was uneventful – just the way team management preferred it. “Everything has gone smoothly and the guys are currently relaxing in the airport lounge waiting for our connecting flight to Brisbane,” Kama said from Sydney Airport this morning.

The team will leave for Brisbane later on Friday morning (SA time) and on arrival in Brisbane will go straight to the team hotel “to relax and get some sleep.”

An arduous week lies ahead for Jake White’s battered Boks as they attempt to get just the third ever Tri-Nations win in Australia. In 1998 the Boks triumphed 14-13 and last year they won 22-19. Both games were played in Perth.

The programme for the weekend has not yet been decided, but it is doubtful whether the Boks will do much on Saturday, apart from a light run to get rid of stiffness in the legs. “We will also be watching the opening Tri-Nations match together as a team at the hotel,” said Kama.

The Wallabies and All Blacks meet in the first match in the new extended Vodacom Tri-Nations tomorrow morning (kick-off is 9.35am SA time) in Christchurch. The Australians fly home to play the Boks at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane next weekend.

By Andrew Hollely