The Springboks were greeted with pleasant conditions when they arrived in Perth on Sunday afternoon, after three days of training in a very cold Johannesburg. The Boks had three hard training sessions at Fourways High School before their departure to Australia on Saturday evening. They arrived at their Perth hotel early on Sunday afternoon (Australian time).
The Springboks face Australia at Patersons Stadium on Saturday (kick-off 12:05 SA time). The honours are even between these sides in Western Australia – of the seven matches played here since 1998, each team has won three, while one ended in a draw. The Boks’ overall record in Australia is 12 wins and one draw out of 34 matches, while the South African Vodacom Super Rugby franchises also found the going tough here in 2014, winning only one out of their 10 matches on Australian soil.
“It’s always tough to play away from home, but we also see it as a challenge. It’s great to be here and all the players and management are excited to get down to business when we hit the training field on Monday. We trained very hard the last couple of days and a few more tough sessions are waiting for us this week. Although we got the results against Argentina, our standards are higher than how we performed on the field and we want to improve this weekend. It will require a lot of focus and hard work from everyone involved this week. Australia may have lost last weekend against New Zealand, but the week before that they drew in Sydney. We respect them as opposition and can’t afford any slip ups on Saturday,” said Springbok coach Heyneke Meyer.