The early bird catches the worm.
And Springbok coach Allister Coetzee will be hoping that saying rings true when they face the Wallabies in Brisbane this Saturday (12.05pm).
Coetzee and his team left for Australia last week already and having gone Down Under a little earlier than usual, he feels his team will have some sort of edge in the encounter.
With both teams under pressure heading into the match – the Boks having lost their away encounter to Argentina and the Aussies being winless in the Rugby Championship to date, the match has top billing written all over it.
And after the Boks got to stretch their legs in a training session in Brisbane on Saturday, Coetzee believes they will be more than ready to represent the country with pride.
He explains: “I am very happy that we’ve come to Brisbane a couple of days earlier than usual.
“Arriving here on the Friday allowed us to have a good training session today [Saturday].
“We’ve crossed several time-zones the past few days, first flying to Argentina and back home, and then down to Australia.
“I am very satisfied with the way the players have performed during training, and it shows the team has adapted well to the local conditions.”
There was further good news for the Boks as flyhalf Elton Jantjies is fit and ready to go after leaving the field with a bruised thigh against Argentina in Salta.
Coetzee explains: “Elton Jantjies came through his training exercises very well and so did Francois [Hougaard], so all of the players are ready to go…”
Of the Wallabies, Coetzee says: “We know the Wallabies will be looking to turn the tables on us this weekend, but we are focusing on ourselves and we want to make sure we eliminate the unforced errors and deliver a much-improved performance.”
Prop Beast Mtawarira adds: “The Wallabies are always tough to play against on their home turf. They are a very good technical side and we will have to make sure we prepare well for them.”