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Springboks wary of backlash from Wales in second test at Loftus Versfeld

Springboks wary of backlash from Wales in second test at Loftus Versfeld

South Africa coach Peter de Villiers was wary of Wales bouncing back in the second rugby test after crushing the Six Nations champion 43-17 at the weekend.
"We're lucky, that score flatters us," De Villiers said on Monday.
"Wales were better than that score and they are a better side than what they played like on Saturday.
"Perhaps they were a little overconfident after winning the Six Nations. But they'll be back. We know they're a good team and that (Warren) Gatland is one of the best coaches around and also that he has been planning for the second test since Saturday."
Six Springboks _ captain John Smit, Brian Mujati, CJ van der Linde Danie Rossouw, Butch James and Tonderai Chavhanga _ did not train on Monday at Wanderers Club but De Villiers said there were no serious injuries from the match at Bloemfontein.
Asked if there might be any team changes for the second test at Pretoria, De Villers said one or two were possible.
"The guys need time and opportunity to gel," he said. The team will be named on Thursday.
De Villiers confirmed Smit, who became the first Bok to captain the team in 50 tests last weekend, will miss the one-off test against Italy in Cape Town on June 21 because he has club commitments in France.
Meanwhile, Wales admitted it was still coming to terms with the outcome, and determined to rebound.
"We're still busy with soul-searching," forwards coach Robin McBryde said on Monday.
"Overall it was very disappointing. We worked hard for the tour, although it didn't show on the field on Saturday."
Kicking coach Neil Jenkins said the team kicked poorly, resulting in too much gifted possessions and too many easy points.
"We cannot afford to give Butch James as many chances as we did on Saturday," Jenkins said. "That put us under pressure and in trying to catch up we made more mistakes."
Cardiff Blues hooker Rhys Thomas was due to join the squad as a replacement for Matthew Rees, who tore a calf muscle in the match and was returning home.
Thomas has 26 caps.
"With only two hookers on the tour with us, he will definitely play a part for us on Saturday which won't be easy for him after joining us so late, but we have confidence in him," McBryde said.


Updated : 2021-06-15 12:08 GMT+08:00