5.11.2020 05:51 pm
Playing the Lions, according to Smit, was when he felt under the most pressure as Springbok captain.
The Springboks will not be withdrawing from the Rugby Championship permanently, but with the tournament probably being played in the same late winter-spring window, they will not be deriving any battle-hardened preparedness from it ahead of the British and Irish Lions tour next year.
His coaching history tells us one thing – He has never stepped into a plumb position with a golden spoon.
The South Africans are hesitant to play in the competition following months of no action because of the coronavirus.
Australia and New Zealand have been playing rugby for 10 to 11 weeks and have already finished their domestic competitions.
For Rassie Erasmus, this week is about getting the players on the same page with regard to Bok protocols.
Morne Steyn’s game management was outstanding, his goalkicking (5/5) faultless and any backline scoring six tries suggests the flyhalf must have been doing something right on attack.
While he admitted it would be tough to play in the Championship, Erasmus said they were putting all their effort into preparing the Boks for a return to top-flight competition.
“There may even be an opportunity for one or two of them to get some match action if there is an injury or COVID-related issue during the week.”
The six-week Rugby Championship is set to take place in Brisbane, Newcastle and Sydney between November 7 and December 12.
The 93-man provisional squad for the Springbok Showdown includes 32 capped Bok players, as well as a number of Blitzboks and recent Junior Boks.
Former national captain Jean de Villiers believes there is plenty to gain from playing in the competition in Australia in November and December.
While Sale-based Rohan Janse van Rensburg has been mentioned as a possible Bok returnee, former legendary centre is adamant the current centre pairing is just fine
With the World Cup winning No 10 sidelined, new coach Jacques Nienaber will have to find a suitable replacement should the Boks play in the Rugby Championship
Bok boss Jacques Nienaber may decide to lead a weakened team to Australia anyway to play in the Rugby Championship
Claassen believes SA Rugby bosses must forget about going Down Under with an under-prepared national team and rather focus on the visit by the Lions next year