Springboks Adrian Jacobs and Gurthro Steenkamp were the biggest casualties from the team’s triumphant visit to Carisbrook last Saturday and decisions on their availability for this weekend’s Tri-Nations clash against Australia at the Subiaco Oval, will only be taken later this week.
This was announced on Monday by Springbok coach Peter de Villiers, who confirmed Jacobs was receiving treatment for a bump on a leg, while Steekamp is suffering from a cut above an eye which needed stitches.
Both players left the field in the 30-28 win over the All Blacks. Speaking at a press conference, De Villiers said the Boks will face another massive test against the Aussies. “Australia are extremely good at putting phases together. They are a very organised unit and I am sure the appointment of Robbie Deans as coach will add an extra dimension to their play.
“We played much better against the All Blacks in Dunedin and are obviously delighted with the win. However, we have already identified a few areas of concern and will work very hard this week to improve on those errors.”
Victor Matfield, who captains the team in the absence of the injured John Smit, believes the Australians will be a huge threat in the lineout. “The Wallaby lineout is always a big threat and they will be very competitive in that department.
Their different tactical approach provides us with an interesting challenge and they have the advantage of playing at home in their first Vodacom Tri-Nations match, while it will be our third consecutive away match,” he said.Tweet