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Springbok coach named unchaged team for second Test against Ireland

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Amabokoboko Coach Rassie Erasmus expect tough Irish side in the second Test in Durban this Saturday after announcing his 23 players for the match day.

On the other side Ireland camp is suffering from the injuries after losing Dan Sheehan and Craig Casey with doubts over several others, the world champions are in a good spirit after they registered a victory on their first test.

Amabokoboko saw off their opponent (Ireland) in Pretoria at the Loftus Versfeld Stadium where they won by a score line of 27-20.

Ahead of the second test Springbok coach stated that it’s not easy to challenge Ireland, he also spoke about their ranking saying it shows that they are not push-overs. He said his players should always be prepared because they might face different Ireland they faced in the first test at Pretoria.

Erasmus said ” It’s always tough facing Ireland, They are a quality team they are ranked second in the world and as we saw last week, they never stop fighting so we know the magnitude of the challenge that awaits us this weekend.

” We have no doubt they’ll come out even stronger this week but we also identified the areas of the game that we need to improve on, and it’s vital for us to build on our performance in our quest to win both matches.”

Erasmus went on to clarify the talks that his side has the experienced line-up in Springbok History, he went on to say he is blessed to have such squad. He said all their focus on the second test is to play good game for the full 80 minutes.

Erasmus said ”We don’t really look at such things when we select the team but this shows how blessed we are with depth in the squad and the quality of the players we have, While it may be an impressive statistics it will by no means guarantee us a victory. We know we must go out there and play good rugby for the full 80 minutes to get the desired results.”

Amabokoboko flat three consist of le Roux, Cheslin Kolbe and Kurt-Lee Arendse while midfield will have players such as Jesse Kreil and Damian de Allende and Handre Pollard alongside Faf de Klerk are retained on the squad after their poor display from the first test in Pretoria.

Up front Erasmus selected the likes of Ox Nche, Bongi Mbonambi and Frans Malherbe, Eben Etzebeth and Franco Mostert are in the second row while the likes of Captain Siya Kolisi, Pieter Steph du Toit and Kwagga Smith play as the back-row.

BY LUCKY SEANEGO

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