Jake under no illusions

The Wallabies may have been smashed by the All Blacks last weekend, but a monster task awaits the Springboks in Brisbane tomorrow.

Bok coach Jake White believes the team for the opening Vodacom Tri-Nations encounter at Suncorp Stadium is as ready as it could be.

“Our preparations have been impressive – we are happy on that score. What we need now is to deliver the goods on the day,” White said in his column on SARugby.co.za. “We are under no illusion that we are facing a tough battle against the Wallabies. Our record away has not been very good, but we will always do our best on the day.”

The Springboks find themselves in a similar situation to the Wallabies from last year when a slew of injuries saw them suffer eight defeats in nine matches. And at the end of it all coach Eddie Jones was sacked.

White will be hoping to come through the extended Tri-Nations in rather better shape as his ultimate dream is to lead the Boks to the World Cup in France in just over a year.

“I don’t want to dwell much on the injuries we have been experiencing over the last couple of games. Of course, it is sad to lose players as experienced as those who are now on the injury list.

“On the plus side, the return of Breyton Paulse, Bryan Habana, Jacque Fourie and Danie Coetzee is great news. Their continued absence would have further dented our plans for this tournament.”

After the Brisbane match, the Boks travel to New Zealand to take on the All Blacks in Wellington, before returning for another game against Australia in Sydney on August 5.

The match tomorrow kicks-off at 12pm (SA time).