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Mostert Eyes Top Class Performance Against Ireland

  • July 11, 2024
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Mostert Eyes Top Class Performance Against Ireland

Springbok lock Franco Mostert emphasized the importance of a top-class performance against Ireland in Durban to secure the series victory.

The seasoned lock highlighted the breakdowns and mauls as key areas for improvement when the teams clash at Hollywoodbets Kings Park on Saturday (17:00).

Following their 27-20 victory at Loftus Versfeld – South Africa’s first win over Ireland since 2016 – the Springboks are aiming for consecutive wins. Mostert echoed his teammates’ and coaches’ sentiments, acknowledging the need for another strong performance.

“We definitely don’t see last week’s win as a one-off,” said Mostert. “Ireland will be feeling the same way we did during the Rugby World Cup. We saw how the first loss fueled us during the British & Irish Lions tour (in 2021). They’ll come back stronger, making it a good test for us.”

Mostert anticipates another intense battle between the forwards: “They effectively countered our mauls last week. They generally concede few maul tries, so hopefully, we can devise new strategies this weekend. At the breakdowns, they put pressure on Faf (de Klerk) and Grant (Williams). As a team, we need to improve in that area as well.”

Mostert expressed his satisfaction with the impact of the bomb squad in Pretoria, particularly the pushover scrum that earned the Boks a penalty try. “It gives me goosebumps just thinking about it,” he said. “Coach Daan Human (scrum coach) puts in a lot of effort to get the scrums functioning well, and it’s rewarding to see it pay off.”

With 75 Test caps and two Rugby World Cup medals, Mostert acknowledges the importance of his role while also being realistic about his place in the squad as Springbok coach Rassie Erasmus builds towards the 2027 RWC in Australia.

“Every player has personal goals,” said the hard-working forward. “Personally, I plan to take it year by year. As long as my body allows, I’ll keep playing until I’m no longer selected. But playing in three Rugby World Cups would be truly special.”

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