Springboks-Wales decider as a Lions series finale – Nienaber
The Springboks are preparing for a decisive game against Wales at Cape Town Stadium on Saturday, with manager Jacques Nienaber admitting it is comparable to last year’s decisive third game against the British and Irish Lions.
All three games last year were played at Cape Town Stadium, with the Boks recovering from a first Test defeat to win the series 2-1.
However, on this occasion the hosts had to overcome many challenges including a Covid outbreak in the squad and entered the series undercooked but still managed to emerge victorious.
This year they have had a much better preparation for the Welsh series, with a very strong squad of informed players, but they just edged out the first test and lost the second, and a series defeat would be a major shock for the champions of the world.
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“This game is as important as the British and Irish Lions series (against the Springboks),” Nienaber said.
“Every game is about results. Even losing last weekend was a disaster for us. We picked this team because we thought they could beat Wales and for 78 minutes they did. do.
“Our plan was to beat them in the first two Test matches while having the opportunity to give everyone a run, but that didn’t happen and the third Test is now a final.”
With the tight nature of the series so far, with the first Test decided by three runs and the second Test decided by just one, Nienaber was pleased with exposure to a form of knockout rugby for the bigger side. .
“We needed to make ourselves known to eliminate rugby. I felt the first match was like a knockout because we had to come back to win and the second was like a single because winning would have sealed the streak,” Nienaber explained.
“Now this last game is a real knockout game because we have to win to win the series. So it has been good to be exposed to this type of rugby during this series.
So, with a grand total of just two points separating the two teams over two matches, another thrilling encounter is expected for the final, with the team being disciplined and executing their plan best in the 80 minutes scheduled for the series. .
“We emphasized from the start of the series that Wales would be desperate and they showed that over the last two weeks,” Nienaber said.
“We expect another tough fight against them and the fact that they will be playing for their first series win in South Africa will make them even more desperate to push us to the limit this weekend, so we know it will be an epic battle
“Having said that, we are also playing in what is essentially a final for us and we know we have to prepare for that day and deliver a quality performance for 80 minutes to emerge victorious”