Close, but no Habana

Keo.co.za brought you the Springboks practice live from St Stithians College.

3.15pm After a 15 minute warm-up session with stretching and short sprints, the Boks go through a few balance exercises, involving darting through beacons at full pace. Brent Russell and JP Pietersen are taking full part. Habana is not present. Neither is Juan Smith. Word is Habana is definitely out of Saturday’s Vodacom Tri-Nations. Interestingly, Ricky Januarie, who was named in the Lions team for Friday night, is at training.

3.35pm The players go through some close contact exercises. Victor Matfield does not take part. The Boks then spend about 15 minutes doing breakdown drills. The focus was especially at the clean-out. It’s all looking good and there is a definite spring in their step.

3.39pm Matfield re-joins and it is time for some set moves. From a lineout the backs run at defenders. It has also become apparent that Os du Randt is missing. The moves are done at full pace with set angles.

3.45pm White calls the players in for a huddle and spends some time explaining the intricacies of what will follow. The TV cameras have been asked to stop rolling and keo.co.za must shut down too.

By Andrew Hollely, at St Stithians College