Rudolph Jacobs
Rugby Journalist
1 minute read
2 Oct 2013
8:00 am

Boks will match the Kiwis up front – Alberts

Rudolph Jacobs

Springbok flank Willem Alberts, right, believed they will be able to contest the vital breakdown area on level terms with the All Blacks in this weekend's Rugby Championship decider.

However, the possible return of New Zealand skipper Richie McCaw will no doubt ask big questions of Alberts and his loose-trio partners Francois Louw and Duane Vermeulen at Ellis Park.

“McCaw is a great player, but this Test is bigger than the individual and I also believe we have great players at the breakdown,” said Alberts, who will play in his 27th Test, yesterday.

“It will be a big contest and a key area of the game, but I believe we can match them there,” he said. “We’ll have to take it minute by minute and then the tries will take care of themselves.”

The big ball-carrier returns to his roots this weekend after being schooled in Krugersdorp. “Any place is special where you can play a Test for your country, but Ellis Park is the venue where I played my first provincial rugby,” he said.

“It is one of the biggest stadiums in the country and a very special venue for Springbok rugby.” Alberts was the unlucky one to be moved around after the yellow cards against the Wallabies at Newlands last weekend.

He was first moved to lock when Flip van der Merwe went off and he was later sacrificed when No 8 Duane Vermeulen departed the scene.

“Rugby is a team sport and sometimes you have to make sacrifices for the team and I didn’t mind. “It was frustrating but it’s always better to be on the field, taking part,” he said.

“But all the focus is all on this weekend. We, as players, don’t always reflect back on that and it’s the coach and captain’s decisions at the end of the day.”