Western Force coach John Mitchell presented the Springboks their jerseys ahead of the Test against Australia.
Ironically, Mitchell coached six of the Australian 22 at the Force during the Super 14 this year, but the former All Blacks mentor gave the Boks an inspirational talk before their match at Subiaco tomorrow. Mitchell said the Boks were well respected by their Antipodean opponents, something they shouldn’t take for granted.
‘You have what they want, don’t give it to them,’ said Mitchell, a former All Blacks tourist. ‘Don’t make life difficult for yourselves, you have to meet Australia with confrontation tomorrow night. Turn the confidence you have into self-belief.
‘You must be ambitious and that means you have to build pressure. You will have to be prepared to go the full 80 minutes.’
‘There are never enough minutes in the Springbok jumper and I am sure you won’t take it for granted,’ he continued. ‘This jumper has been filled by great and much talent. These days you can buy talent and it is cheap. But one thing you can never buy is attitude. Only you can bring attitude to the jumper and change attitude in a game.’
Earlier this month, Mitchell also helped out the Sharks during their Currie Cup campaign.