Victory in the first Test against Wales is merely the start of a long rugby season and no reason to wax too lyrical about the win, says Bok captain John Smit.
It was an impressive performance, but South Africa’s victory in the first Test against Wales here on Saturday was merely the start of a long rugby season.
For that reason, says Springbok captain John Smit, it will be sensible not to wax too lyrical about the 43-17 win over the Six Nations champions.
“We must retain perspective. It was one of many Test matches to be played this year. But it certainly was a step forward,” Smit said after the match.
Pieter Jordaan writes in Volksblad that the skipper was one of several stars in a Springbok team that never seemed to be in danger of losing against the Six Nations champions.
The Springboks were particularly satisfied, Smit said, because the squad had assembled only recently and had had little time to prepare for the match.
There were several newcomers and Smit was one of four players who had arrived at the training camp late because of overseas commitments.
“I think that was the best part (of the victory),” Smit said. “Four years ago we still had three weeks to prepare. This time we had less than two weeks.
“With a new team and a new coach it was unbelievable how quickly we got things together.”
NOT VERY GOOD
The Springboks should expect stronger opposition when they meet the Welsh in the second Test in Pretoria on Saturday.
Therefore, they will have to work on certain departments, such as the scrumming, which was not very good in the first Test.
Coach Peter de Villiers has admitted that they did not have enough time to pay much attention to scrumming.
De Villiers may consider bringing in versatile Frans Steyn as one of the substitutes for the match at Loftus Versfeld.
Percy Montgomery and Peter Grant had to stand in at centre for Adrian Jacobs, who had to leave the field twice on Saturday.
The backline lost its organisational structure when Montgomery took the field and it resulted in a try for Welsh wing Shane Williams.
Television cameras showed how upset De Villiers was when Montgomery replaced Jacobs.
“Conrad Jantjes saw Percy come on. He did not know Jacobs had gone off and he thought his match was over,” De Villiers explained afterwards.
Jantjes then left the field without consulting anyone. “That’s where the confusion was,” the coach explained. “Gee, we had to work to manage that one!”Tweet