PLOTTING: Rassie Erasmus. Photo: Muzi Ntombela/BackpagePix
Springbok coach Rassie Erasmus believes that whoever fixes their faults first in the Test against England in Bloemfontein on Saturday will be victorious.

In a contest that pits two modern-day rugby masterminds against each other, Erasmus won the first battle against England’s Eddie Jones at Ellis Park last weekend.

And heading into the Bloem Test, Erasmus admits that both teams will be desperate for the win, with South Africa aiming to claim the series victory and England out to keep the contest alive heading into the final Test at Newlands.

VETERAN: Hooker Schalk Brits. Photo: Gavin Barker/BackpagePix

It was Jones that caught Erasmus off-guard with his tactics early on in the Ellis Park Test.

Expecting the English to kick at them, the Boks opted for a narrow defence and the English ran them into the ground in the first quarter to take a 24-3 lead.

SA then changed things and recovered to ultimately win 42-39.

Erasmus believes his side will have to be prepared for anything in the Bloem Test.

He explains: “What England gave us was some space out wide. The players saw it and read it well.

“Eddie will change a few things. It’s difficult to plan against him, he changes a lot. And this weekend again, it will be about who can fix it the quickest.”

Erasmus will be looking to take Jones by surprise as well by not sticking with the same team that won the first Test.

MASTERMIND: England schemer Eddie Jones. Photo: KIM LUDBROOK/EPA

With veteran Schalk Brits called up to the squad and with the amount of game time Wilco Louw has had under his belt this season, there might be some changes in the front row.

Of his team, which will be announced tomorrow, Erasmus says: “It’s tempting to stick with the same guys to give us best chance of winning.

MOEG GESPEEL: Wilco Louw. Photo: BackpagePix

“[But] we’ll have to try a few things. After this game [there are] only 16 matches left until the World Cup, so week-by-week we will have to try new things...

“It won’t be major changes - one or two, three subtle changes to see how the guys go.”

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