Rudolph Jacobs
Rugby Journalist
1 minute read
9 Sep 2013
6:00 am

De Villiers won’t get carried away

Rudolph Jacobs

Springbok captain Jean de Villiers tried his best to keep perspective after the Boks humiliated the Wallabies in Brisbane on Saturday.

De Villiers, who scored his 23rd Test try in his 90th Test, to ensure a 24-12 lead for the Boks with 20 minutes to go, however could not hide his delight in the 38-12 walkover.

“I still believe it wasn’t a complete performance. The All Blacks this weekend in Auckland will be a massive challenge,” he said.

“The forwards laid the platform and the preparation in South Africa was good. It’s good if it comes together in a match after what we have done in training,” the Bok centre added.

After the Boks biggest win in history on Aussie soil and remaining unbeaten after three Tests in the Rugby Championship, the Boks have now won nine Tests on the trot.

Leading 16-6 at the break, the Boks showed they can now win anywhere, any time.

But hold on to the cork screws.

The All Blacks remain the ultimate challenge and this weekend will show how much the Boks have closed the gap on the reigning world champions.

While the jury is still out on scrumhalf Ruan Pienaar, the Boks loose trio of Francois Louw, Willem Alberts and especially Duane Vermeulen was top-class.

“To score four tries in Brisbane, you simply can’t ask for more against a quality Wallabies outfit,” said De Villiers.