South Africa’s inexperienced back three will be a target for the Wallabies, with the cross kick likely to be standard procedure for the Wallabies on Saturday.
Bok coach Jake White has picked Wynand Olivier on the left wing, Akona Ndungane on the right wing and JP Pietersen at fullback. The trio offers a lot in attack but defensively they could be in for a testing afternoon.
â€œThe Springboks have an inexperienced wing out there and there is an opportunity there,” Wallabies defensive coach John Muggleton told the South African Press Association. “We need the right sort of possession, though, to do it.â€
The Wallabies this week have been very respectful of the Springboks and they’ve spent all week telling the South Africans how good they are. Read the danger signs with a Capital D. We know the Boks are fantastic when written off and tend to be awful when there is any kind of expectation.
Having praised Victor Matfield, the forwards and the midfield as being special players, skills coach Scott Johnson turned his attention to the brilliance of Andre Pretorius.
â€œPretorius is a very good player and he provides something for the Springboks in attack,” said Johnson. “He must be full of confidence after that penalty he kicked to win the game last week. He is though one of many players in the Bok team we respect but we have to concentrate on our game.”