Adi’s opponent speaks…

Written by Jonathan Burt (VinChainSaw)

Posted in :In the news, Springboks on 6 Jun 2008 at 16:11

Tom Shanklin speaks to BBC Sport’s Gareth Charles in the lead-up to the first test between Wales and South Africa.

We’ve trained for about a month now so I think everyone’s a little bit sick of training – we’d just rather get out and play South Africa on Saturday.


 They’ve looked after us really well. We’ve had a couple of nice days off, which has been good, but now we’re training pretty hard.

We’ve trained hard now for the last month so we’re definitely out here to win.  
I’ll be looking at my opposite man Adrian Jacobs a fair bit
The South Africans have named their team now so it’s good to finally know what we’re expecting because we named ours pretty early.

The early selection has helped us because it allows you to know who to work with. You can relax a bit a little bit about selection and just look after yourself.

But there’s a fair bit of analysis to do now on the Springboks. A lot of individual stuff and looking at your opponent.


For me, I’ll be looking at Adrian Jacobs a fair bit. He hasn’t played for South Africa since 2003, so our head of performance Rhys Long tells me, so I’ll have to do a fair bit on that.

What we do know about the Springboks is that they will be physical, they’ll be good at the set-piece but it’s probably going to be a little be a bit of trial for them as well.

They’ve only got five players who started in the World Cup playing for them this week so you don’t really know what’s going to happen with them. 
But what we do know is that it’s going to be a physical battle.

Obviously, Gavin Henson is injured and we’ve had a ood record together in the centre, but it’s great playing alongside Sonny Parker as we’ve played together before so everything should be fine.

We’re two fairly big guys so I think that getting across the gain-line is important for us and that’s what we’ve got to produce.

Our defensive record is a huge part of our game and it’s involved in everything that we do.

We only conceded two tries in the whole of the Six Nations, the fewest ever, and that’s a good record to set. We’re proud people and we’ve got to make sure we continue that record and limit South Africa’s scoring chances – if we give them any at all. 
Our record out here isn’t fantastic, by any means, but I think this has got to be the best chance we’ve had for a while to win out here.

We’re coming on the back of something brilliant that we achieved in the Six Nations but we’ve got to make sure that we go on from that. We can’t just leave it there.

We’ve got a few injuries but I think this is great chance for us and I’m just excited now for the game.

This is as big a stage as you can get. Everyone’s billing it as the Six Nations champions against the World Champions.

But that means we have to make sure we perform as champions.


  • Hard player old Tom Shanklin.

  • Comment 1, posted at 06.06.08 16:11:58 by VinChainSaw Reply
  • Ugly bugger too when he smiles 😆

  • Comment 2, posted at 06.06.08 17:07:40 by Ollie Reply

  • @Ollie (Comment 2) :

    You confusing him with Gareth Thomas

  • Comment 3, posted at 06.06.08 21:58:13 by JT Reply
  • @JT (Comment 3) :

    i think most of those guys don’t look pretty when they smile 😉

  • Comment 4, posted at 06.06.08 22:44:01 by KSA Shark © Reply

    KSA Shark ©
  • I am expecting Tom and Sonny to expose Adi Jacobs weak defense this weekend. These are two powerfull and fast centers. They will cause headaches for Adi and Jean, I fear.

    I was tempted to put Adi in my testrugby team, but changed my mind and selected his opponent Sonny as I believe he will run through him like “sand through your fingers”.

    If you want a peak at my R1 team, feel free, I’d welcome feedback:

  • Comment 5, posted at 07.06.08 02:23:31 by Barag Reply

  • These guys aren’t far behind a Mortlock and Nonu in their physicality so it will be a huge test for Adi (and Chav’s) to silence his critic’s, me being one of them… can’t wait to see him silence them…

  • Comment 6, posted at 07.06.08 04:39:23 by bryce_in_oz Reply

  • Go Adi… :mrgreen:

  • Comment 7, posted at 07.06.08 10:26:57 by Charlie Reply

  • Go Bokke… 😈

  • Comment 8, posted at 07.06.08 10:27:34 by Charlie Reply

  • @Charlie (Comment 8) : Hi Charlie!! So thrilled for Adi & really looking forward to the game!

  • Comment 9, posted at 07.06.08 10:31:28 by Me2 Reply

    Me2 aka Mama Shark
  • @Me2 (Comment 9) : Me2 :mrgreen:

  • Comment 10, posted at 07.06.08 12:00:38 by Charlie Reply

  • @Charlie (Comment 10) :
    Me 2. The first time I saw him was when he partnered Etiene Botha (RIP) and that really was an exciting combo 🙂

  • Comment 11, posted at 07.06.08 12:15:52 by JT Reply
  • For you guys who don’t know.. Teh AB’s won their match against Ireland 21-11… Whoooohooooo :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

  • Comment 12, posted at 07.06.08 12:26:39 by Reds Reply

  • @Reds (Comment 12) :

    A win is a win, first test is always tough and a banana skin! SA will have their hands full today and I will be happy with a win.

  • Comment 13, posted at 07.06.08 14:38:10 by JT Reply
  • Game just starting – good luck to the Bokke! Go Adi!!!!

  • Comment 14, posted at 07.06.08 15:04:58 by Nessa Reply


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