Springbok coach Peter de Villiers should release the good news on Monday morning that all his troops are fit and ready for the second Test against Wales at Loftus Versfeld in Pretoria on Saturday.
“We have decided not to make any statements about injuries after the match,” he said at the post-test media conference on Saturday night, according to a SAPA report on www.iol.co.za.
“We’ll have a look at the guys on Sunday and then inform the press on Monday,” he said.
Adi Jacobs, who left the field in the 63rd minute and was replaced by Percy Montgomery, who earned his 97th cap, wasn’t injured as first thought. Cramps forced him off but he will definitely be fit for next weekend after what he himself termed “probably my best Test yet.”
Gurthro Steenkamp and Bakkies Botha were also off the field because of blood injuries.
Montgomery’s appearance caused a bit of a stir. When Montgomery ran onto the field in place of Jacobs, fullback Conrad Jantjes thought Montgomery had come to replace him and he trotted off.
He was sent back on immediately.
“We suddenly had to do some quick thinking and good managing,” laughed coach De Villiers afterwards.
Meanwhile, De Villiers was a little testy on Saturday night when questioned about the availability of Ricky January for the second Test. He missed the first Test because of a suspension after rowdy behaviour in the Boks’ dining room on Wednesday night.
“Ricky was suspended for one game. He has served that suspension and will of course be considered,” De Villiers said.Tweet