Rudolph Jacobs
Rugby Journalist
1 minute read
21 Jun 2014
10:00 am

All about the Boks for Big Vic

Rudolph Jacobs

Springbok captain Victor Matfield yesterday downplayed his personal milestone in today's second Test against Wales at the Mbombela Stadium.

FILE PICTURE: Victor Matfield Picture: Ziyaad Douglas/Gallo Images.

Matfield will become the most capped Springbok in his 112th Test, surpassing the 111 he shared with former national skipper John Smit.

“The milestone is obviously great, but it’s all about the team,” he said. “Last week we had a great game and hopefully we can do the same and maybe even be better.

“I didn’t speak to John this week, but last week he gave me a prezzie to congratulate me.

“We are great mates, so he was happy for me.”

Records are there to be broken and Matfield hinted that players like injured captain Jean de Villiers and wing Bryan Habana – both on 96 caps – might get there soon as well.

Matfield was more focused on a solid Bok performance saying they “start again at 0-0” and would be looking to “build an innings”.

“We know they are a physical side and are prepared for them to come out much stronger. And they would have gained confidence with their second half showing in Durban,” he said.

“A few of our plans last week went well and they would have worked out their defensive plans, but there was some good decision-making by the backs and we need more of the same.”

Matfield said he was happy with his own performances although he is realistic after being out of the game for two years.

“Securing your own lineout ball is one thing, but contesting is something different, and I haven’t played with guys like Duane Vermeulen before.

“My body feels great after a good rest and I’m working hard, but match sharpness only comes with regular game time,” he said.

“The World Cup however, is a definite goal.”