‘We’ve got the right stuff’

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October 31, 2016
‘We’ve got the right stuff’

RIGHT TOOLS: Mzwandile Stick

Bok assistant boss Stick says team can find form on tour.

Springbok assistant coach Mzwandile Stick believes they have the right tools to turn around their fortunes.

The 2016 Bokke have only won four out of their nine games to date and left for the UK on Friday, hoping to end the year with more wins than losses in their three remaining Tests against England, Italy and Wales.

But they start off their tour against the Barbarians this weekend and Stick knows they will have to be at their best to regain some of the Boks’ lost pride.

He says: “That’s where we are at the moment we need to turn things around – I think we’ve got the right tools in place to turn the ship around.”

Of the pressure on them heading into the tour and how they plan on turning it around, Stick adds: “One thing, you need to make peace with the country – the fact that it is a unique country.

“You can’t please everyone, we know supporters are passionate.

“And we understand that sometimes we let them down – especially against New Zealand in Durban.

“We just need to make sure we focus on the process you’re always going to be under pressure, especially when you’re wearing the Green and Gold.”

 

 

Stick is also full of praise for midfielder Francois Venter, whose leadership is something the Springboks will rely on.

The backline coach says: “He’s been leading the Cheetahs [well] even at tough times, and that shows character.

“When the Cheetahs had tough times, he stuck with his team and made sure they turned it around.”

Of the South Africans such as Kwagga Smith, Ruan Ackermann and Akker van der Merwe playing against their countrymen for the Barbarians this week, Stick says: “For us it’s something great to see some of the laaities also recognised in the world.

“I think it’s good for out rugby – especially where we are at the moment, we have a lot of new faces in our squad.

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