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Springboks Aim For Accuracy And Physicality Against Ireland

  • July 4, 2024
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Springboks Aim For Accuracy And Physicality Against Ireland

Springbok wing Cheslin Kolbe has stressed the importance of precision in execution for their upcoming clash against Ireland.

He emphasized the need for a physical approach and embracing the occasion as they chase their first win over Ireland since 2016.

The Series kicks off this Saturday (17:00) in Pretoria, promising an intense battle fueled by the historical rivalry between the teams. The Boks’ last encounter with Ireland, a narrow 13-8 defeat in the Rugby World Cup pool stages, adds another layer of motivation.

“Looking back, there were a lot of learnings we could take from the last match we played against them,” said Kolbe, who scored the Boks’ only try in the Paris pool clash.

“It brought us back down to earth during the World Cup. But that’s history. Our focus is now on this weekend’s game. There are a few other players getting an opportunity, and as a team we want to bring the physicality, back ourselves, and enjoy the occassion.”

Playing at Loftus Versfeld introduces the factor of altitude, but Kolbe doesn’t expect it to be a major deciding factor.

“When I got back from Japan it took time to get used to the altitude, but we’ve been here for a few weeks now and Ireland have also been here for a few days, so we cannot count on that,” said the double Rugby World Cup winner.

“We need to go out there and implement what we’ve been working on this week and be accurate in our execution.”

Despite being the reigning World Champions, Kolbe acknowledges the challenge ahead.  “It’s certainly not a case of us taking the field and banking on a victory. We need to play good rugby and be effective in what we do.”

Kolbe expressed enthusiasm for the new attack coach, Tony Brown, and the fresh dimension he’s introducing. “The way he thinks about the game and sees things is very exciting,” said Kolbe. “So, we are looking forward to implementing what we’ve been working on. Ireland are a quality team so we capitalise on the chances we create.”

Picture courtesy of SA Rugby

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