Mostert: Boks have been here before

Franco Mostert says the Springboks know what they have to do to fight back from their defeat by the Wallabies when the sides meet for the second time in Brisbane on Saturday.

A late penalty goal by Wallabies flyhalf Quade Cooper edged the hosts through to a 28-26 victory on the Gold Coast.

After an honest assessment of the Springboks’ performance on Tuesday morning, Mostert said the team had put the match behind them and were focused on delivering a quality performance at the Suncorp Stadium.

“A lot of guys didn’t expect what happened last weekend, but this is rugby, the ball can bounce either way, and your plan can either work or not,” said Mostert.

“Australia deserve credit for the way they played, they were hungrier than us. But the guys are positive and confident, and we are working hard, so hopefully we can bounce back stronger this weekend.”

Mostert added: “We know where we are, we’ve been here before, and we know what we need to do.”

After scoring three tries to one against the Wallabies, Mostert said there was no need to make drastic changes to their gameplan.

“I don’t think we’ll change our plan,” said the tough-as-nails forward, who boasts 45 Test caps.

“What we are doing has worked for us. There are a few things we need to improve on, but the main thing is that we need to sharpen up [our execution], and hopefully things will go our way on Saturday.”

The match kicks off at 9am SA time on Saturday and will be broadcast live on SuperSport.

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