No pressure for Pretorius

Springbok flyhalf Andre Pretorius says he does not have a point to prove on the end-of-year tour.

Questions are already being raised about the flyhalf’s ability to perform in northern hemisphere conditions.

“People must think what they want,” Pretous told The Star on Friday. “All the team have to do is go out there in the conditions, win the games and show we are able to play anywhere, in any conditions. That’s the hallmark of a good rugby team and that’s what we believe we are. This team has the potential to be the best in the world and now we have an opportunity to edge closer to that goal. That’s all we’re thinking about.”

However, the last time Pretorius toured to the UK, in 2002, he had a nightmare, especially at Twickenham where the Boks were smashed 53-3.

“It was certainly not the best of times for me in a Bok jersey, but while I’m sure there’s a lot of expectation for me to deliver on this occasion, I don’t feel any more nervous or more pressure than other times before a big game,” he said. “The fact of the matter is this is a team game and I am here to contribute to the total performance. I have absolutely no point to prove.”