Boks up against it

Not only have the Springboks got the formidable All Blacks to deal with tomorrow, but the weather Gods may be conspiring against them too.

Since their arrival in Wellington the Boks have experience miserable weather, which would further hamper their chances at Wespac Stadium on Saturday.

Veteran prop Os du Randt said the team was hoping the conditions would clear by kick-off on Saturday. “It’s been cold and windy with rain all week,” du Randt told, “but we are hoping for it to clear by tomorrow.”

On Friday, the Boks were treated to Wellington’s finest – showers, with hail and hill snow. And strong southerly gales. “It hasn’t been great, but we are here to do a job and the conditions are the same for both sides,” said Du Randt.

According to the New Zealand’s tomorrow promises to be slightly better with early showers then fine conditions during the day. By the time the match kicks-off in the evening, a strong north-westerly is expected to have developed.

And the temperature come match time will be around 5 degrees Celsius or thereabouts. The maximum for the day is only predicted to be 9 degrees Celsius.

“Hopefully it will clear up, but our training has been good and we are ready for the game no matter what the conditions. I feel we are in better shape than we were before the Test in Brisbane.”

Du Randt says the defensive frailties have been worked on and the defence should be much better tomorrow. “Our defence was a huge problem, but we have worked hard on that aspect this week and hopefully we will get more of the bounce of the ball tomorrow.”

Defeat in Wellington would be the Boks third in-a-row and the worst losing sequence since Jake White took over at the beginning of 2004.

By Andrew Hollely