There may be a score to settle and a Rugby World Cup (RWC) build-up momentum changer on offer when the Springboks take the field against Ireland in Dublin on Saturday.
Captain Siya Kolisi referred to their 38-3 defeat to Ireland in 2src17 as one of their darkest days as a team but quickly reminded himself that there is a grander prize they dare not lose sight of.
The teams haven’t played each other since that match and though revenge is best served cold, Kolisi wants to be seen keeping his eye on the prize.
“Of course we touched on that game but this a new team,” noted Kolisi from the team’s grey but sprawling hotel on the outskirts of Dublin.
“We want to build on what we’ve done this year. We can’t focus too much on that. Ireland have evolved and we are third in world [rugby]. For us that is something we can’t forget. One of our darkest days in the Bok team. They are much better than they were back then.”
But so too are the Springboks and Kolisi agrees that from a RWC perspective there are some benefits to derive.
“It is for us more about momentum,” he said about their first match on their end of year tour.
“The coach wants to see players and it is important for us as a group. They are No1 in world. It might make an impact but the RWC is completely different. It will be good for us if we can pull through,” said Kolisi.
Though support has reached fever pitch for the top ranked team in the world, the Springboks captain is unperturbed that Ireland may draw energy from thei
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