Keo.co.za brings you the latest from the Springboks’ end-of-year tour.
BaaBaas wary of Baby Boks – Barbarians coach Nick Mallett feels the young South African players entrusted with a starting responsibility at Twickenham this Saturday will be dangerous.
‘At the end of a long season, they [the Bok selectors] have taken the chance to have a look at some new faces. The England game completely turned around the South Africans’ tour after narrow wins to Ireland and Wales and the defeat to Scotland.
‘It would have been a poor tour if they’d lost to England, but now they’ve done the right thing by resting most of their big names.’
Mallett added that the fringe players will present their own unique threat. The fact that World Cup squad places are up for grabs will serve as further motivation.
‘Players like Willem Alberts, who is a really powerful guy and a very good ball-carrier, can make a further case for inclusion in that World Cup squad. Can the little wing, Lwazi Mvovo, confirm his good start at this level? For sure he’s got a lot of pace.
‘It will be interesting to see how new boys like Andries Strauss and Elton Jantjies cope at this level. These guys should be focused because there’s a lot to play for.’
Bakkies promises fierce showing – While the Test season has reached its conclusion, Bakkies Botha will still have a job to do this Saturday. The Bok lock aims to treat the exhibition game as a Test match.
‘If I am representing South Africa it means I am prepared to put my body on the line. I am as proud to play for the Springboks now as I was when I won my first cap all those years ago.
‘A lot has happened since then, but just putting on the jersey puts a smile on my face. That will be the case against the Barbarians. I will smile but I will also be very serious. That’s because I know the Barbarians forwards will be very pumped up to beat us.’
Botha will be joined by Alistair Hargreaves in the second row, and together they’ll face off against All Blacks’ lock Chris Jack and Stormers’ second row Anton van Zyl.
‘In Chris Jack and Anton Van Zyl they have two guys in the second row who know their business well. It will be a very good battle in the line-outs and all over the field. But the main thing is we win again, and end our season on another good note. Beating England has given everyone a big lift again and the guys just want to get out there and play.’