Let’s get physical

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November 9, 2016
Let’s get physical

REAL ARM WRESTLE: Boks Venter

Bokke gear up for a power struggle.

The war of words between Springboks and England has already started ahead of their battle at Twickenham on Saturday.

And South Africa coach Allister Coetzee believes it will be a brutal one as his team won’t back down from the challenge brought by England coach Eddie Jones and his charges.

Coetzee says: “As Eddie [Jones] says, you’ve got to match South Africa’s physicality.

“It will be a physical battle, I can guarantee you that.

“Rugby’s about physical dominance.

“I feel comfortable with the words ‘physical dominance’.

“It’s about coming out on top at scrum time and mauling. England maul a lot as well.

“We’re looking for more variation at lineout time but the maul has always been a strength of ours.

“In terms of South African rugby, we want to find that balance and not let go of what made us a powerhouse before. We’d like to keep that and build on that.”

England have not beaten South Africa in their last 12 outings.

Still, with Jones’ team being unbeaten under him, Coetzee says his struggling team will enter the match as underdogs.

He explains: “We’re definitely underdogs in this case.

“We’re playing against the second best team in the world at this point in time.

“They are on a nine-game winning streak, they went down to Australia and won all three Tests so there’s a lot of confidence in the English side.”

The Boks have been dealt a major blow with the injury to fetcher Roelof Smit.

Without a recognised openside flanker in their squad, this might open the door for Nizaam Carr’s inclusion in the No.6 jumper against England this weekend.

Carr has done duty in this position for the Stormers at domestic level.

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