Rudolph Jacobs
Rugby Journalist
1 minute read
3 Oct 2014
1:45 pm

Springboks ignore the past

Rudolph Jacobs

The Springboks haven’t beaten the All Blacks at Ellis Park since 2004 (when South Africa won 40-26) but captain Jean de Villiers said on Friday morning in Fourways it’s an irrelevant piece of statistic to them as a team.

FILE PICTURE: Players power drill during the South African National rugby team training session at St Peter's College on October 01, 2014 in Johannesburg, South Africa. (Photo by Duif du Toit/Gallo Images)

“The only videos we looked at was the one we played earlier this year against them (in Wellington, which they lost 14-10), to analyse the game and see where we can improve,” he said.

“And see if we can find weaknesses in their game.

“What happened 10 years ago, is not really relevant any more. It is a different team and different players and it’s just up to us to rock up on Saturday,” he said.

De Villiers said they know they carry the expectations of the entire nation and have put the 38-27 defeat last year to New Zealand at Ellis Park behind them.

“I think we are very well prepared and it’s just about putting everything together,” he said.

“I think that’s what’s it about and that’s we’re striving to do.

“Last year it was a high-scoring game and also a lot of running, and the guys were pretty tired at the end of the 80 minutes, it will again be a fantastic battle against them.”