Pieter-Steph du Toit says the Springboks are preparing for a battle at the breakdown against the Wallabies in Brisbane on Saturday.
In one of six changes to the Bok starting XV, Du Toit will start at flank after coming off the bench in the loss against Argentina.
‘It is always nice to be a part of the starting lineup,’ he said. ‘It is part of our game to get a good start with intensity. It is going to be quite a challenging match this weekend against the Wallabies, who are coming off two losses.’
The 26-year-old spoke highly of the Wallabies’ threat at the breakdown, with flanks Michael Hooper and David Pocock set to start.
‘They have got some of the best loose forwards in the world. The breakdown is something they have always targeted and you know when you play against them it is going to be tough. We have got to up our game at the breakdown especially and secure our own ball.’
Du Toit said the Boks had been changing their practice times to adapt to conditions.
‘We have been starting our practices quite late and finishing them late in the evening because it is a late kickoff, so I think we are well prepared for this weekend.’
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