Wilkinson impressed by Boks

Jonny Wilkinson says the pace at which the Springboks are playing makes them an even greater threat.

The World Cup-winning former England flyhalf is currently in Johannesburg and spoke to SuperSport's Xola Ntshinga on Thursday.

'South Africa has a great foundation for what they are trying to do,' said Wilkinson. 'They also have a great identity of who they are. That identity precedes them wherever they go. Their physicality, their desire, their pride and integrity puts teams on the back-foot before the whistle even goes.

'The pace at which they are now playing too is starting to drive opposition out of their comfort zones, forcing them to make mistakes under pressure,' Wilkinson added. 'It allows them to get ahead in games and allows them to push forward and win comfortably.

'When they do find themselves in difficulty, which they did against Wales recently, they then find a way of coming back. It’s ultimately the sign of a great team.'

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