Boks are ready to go

Elton Jantjies and Francois Hougaard took part in the Springboks' first training session in Brisbane on Saturday.

Jantjies was forced to leave the field early against Argentina in Salta last weekend after sustaining a bruise to the thigh, while Hougaard missed both Tests against the Pumas with a troublesome knee.

'Elton came through his training exercises very well and so did Francois, so all of the players are ready to go when we resume preparations on Monday,' confirmed Bok coach Allister Coetzee.

Regarding Saturday's match against the Wallabies, Coetzee said: 'We know the Wallabies will be looking to turn the tables on us this weekend, but we are focusing on ourselves and we want to make sure we eliminate the unforced errors and deliver a much-improved performance.

'I am very happy that we’ve come to Brisbane a couple of days earlier than usual,' he added. 'Arriving here on the Friday allowed us to have a good training session today. We’ve crossed several time zones the past few days, first flying to Argentina and back home, and then down to Australia.

'I am very satisfied with the way the players have performed during training, and it shows the team has adapted well to the local conditions.'

Photo: Dirk Kotze/Gallo Images

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Simon Borchardt