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SA face injury worries ahead of final test

06-21-2012 05:29 BJT

Now to rugby and the Springboks will make a decision Wednesday on their fitness concerns ahead of the third and final Test against England. Both fullbacks Pat Lambie and flank Willem Alberts are struggling with injuries sustained at Ellis Park. A win for the Boks would complete a 3-0 whitewash over England.

The war may be over but there's still time for one more battle. The Springboks wrapped up the Test series against England at Ellis Park - but at a cost. Injuries could rule out some key personnel for the finale, while utility back Frans Steyn will miss the match as he's getting married. Not the ideal preparation for the Port Elizabeth Test - although it does open the door for some of the other players.

Wynand Olivier, Springbok Centre, said, "Obviously I want to go out there and do my best. I've been in and out of the squad over the last few years but it is great to be back and I just want to go out and do my best, and I wouldn't say to prove a point but to just to prove to myself that I can make the step up to international rugby."

The Boks can at least take some heart that they're not the only ones struggling with injuries. England will also be without key players for the finale. But the second half near collapse by the Boks would be a concern for Coach Heyneke Meyer as the players look for a more complete 80 minute performance.

Francois Olivier, Springbok Scrum Half, said, "We had about 4-5 days to prepare for this whole thing and even though everything didn't go pretty smoothly in the first test we did quite well to win the game. It was just important for us to win the game and the second game; things started coming together a bit better. Now for the third test we are hoping that we can go much better - put both half's together."

This is one of the stadiums built for the 2010 FIFA world cup.. And it is here that a bit of rugby history could be created. England has not lost ten matches on the trot to an opponent before. But that is what is on the line for them this weekend - an extra motivation for both sides.

Francois Olivier said, "Yeah I think that obviously it is a goal of ours to beat the guys 3-0. But our main goal is to win every game. Like I said, we're not going to change everything or slow down. This game is just as important as all of the other ones, the first one or the second one. So we are going to go out with a bang - and try to beat the guys in the third Test as well."

It remains to be seen if the Boks can keep up their intensity in this match. But if they can claim a 3-0 whitewash, it would be some achievement and will also give the team confidence ahead of the battles that lie ahead.


 

Editor:James |Source: CNTV

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