Os finds silver lining

Os du Randt believes last weekend’s 49-0 massacre could make the Boks a stronger side for the World Cup next year.

Du Randt’s 65th Test for the Boks was by far his worst, but he’s trying to see the positive side of the situation.

“We have to see this as an opportunity to show our character and that we can play,” he told Independent rugby writer Dale Granger. “It’s about the team bonding together and knowing that this ordeal with make us a stronger and better team for next year’s World Cup.”

The Boks have been called “brain dead” by the New Zealand media, something Du Randt took serious offence to.

“I think any person would be angry if their character was attacked in such a manner,” he said. “But the one philosophy I’ve learned in all my years of rugby is not to let in negative information that can affect one’s confidence.

“At the end of the day, in spite of the reaction back home and people who have left us in the lurch, you think of your own family and the family of the Springboks.”

Du Randt told Granger that the team had reviewed the Brisbane Test in a video session on Monday.

“We did not look forward to it, but it was necessary because we have to learn from Brisbane, ackowledge that we just weren’t good enough, and move forward.”

Meanwhile, Akona Ndungane pulled a leg muscle in training on Tuesday and may be replaced by Breyton Paulse in the Bok starting XV if he fails to recover in time.