Issac Ross believes the All Blacks have learnt from their lineout nightmare against the Wallabies.
Australia dominated the first quarter of that Auckland Test, thanks in no small part to three stolen lineout balls that gave them momentum. However, Ross says they have put that disappointment behind them.
‘We just got a little bit frustrated [against Australia] and a couple of lineouts didn’t go to plan,’ he said. ‘As a young fellow I had to cool it a little bit. But there were lessons learned and we are moving forward to Bloemfontein.’
Ross believes the Bok lineout has more options than the Wallabies, and will therefore pose a greater threat.
‘They have got a really tall lineout,’ he said. ‘They are big men but we have got a good D-system in place and we should go alright. Saturday will tell.
‘Victor [Matfield] runs a pretty good lineout, and I have come up against him in the Super 14. There are a lot of older heads in the Springboks lineout.’
Ross has been given the additional responsibility of making the lineout calls in his first season of Test rugby, which he insists he can handle.
‘With pressure comes expectation and I enjoy the pressure. It brings out the best in people and I enjoy calling the lineouts and if they don’t go to plan then that’s my fault and I have got no dramas with that.’