Springboks

Backing belief with action

Springbok coach Peter de Villiers has every right to back Earl Rose, but that publicly-stated belief means nothing unless it translates into game time.

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Ludik out for six months

Louis Ludik will miss the Emerging Boks fixture as well as the entire Absa Currie Cup due to a knee injury.

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Bok coaches surprised, not worried

The Springbok management were impressed with the Lions’ synergy at Ellis Park but believe they have the defence to snuffle the tourists’ attack.

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JP backs his No 15 chances

JP Pietersen believes his game has evolved to the extent that he can be a success at fullback against the Lions.

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Burton blow for Emerging Boks

Burton Francis will not play against the British & Irish Lions and Louis Ludik is also in doubt after injuring his knee in Wednesday’s match.

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Roberts raising the bar

Jamie Roberts is hoping his burgeoning partnership with Brian O’Driscoll flourishes over the coming weeks.

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Progress the plus for Geech

Ian McGeechan believes performance was more important than scoreline in Wednesday’s massacre of the Golden Lions.

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Creating public expectation

Stephen Jones is hoping Wednesday’s performance will ensure the South African public take note of the Lions’ abilities.

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