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JdV motivated by 2010 loss

 Nov 17,2012
Written by: SARugby.com Editor
 

Springbok captain Jean de Villiers is using the loss to Scotland at Murrayfield in 2010 as motivation to for his team to avoid complacency in Saturday's Test.

De Villiers said although the Boks are in second position on the IRB rankings and Scotland ninth, that was not on their minds.

"The way we are looking it is that the last time we were here we lost, we’re not thinking of the difference in the ranking points," he told Supersport.

"How do you underestimate or struggle to get yourselves up against a team that you lost to the last time you played them on their field? For us this is a game against opponents that we respect because the last time we played against them, we lost to them."

Although the Boks' Test against England at Twickenham on November 24 is vewed as the most improtant match of their tour, De Villiers said they are not thinking about that as they are treating Scotland as their main priority at the moment.

"With respect to Scotland, it is all about what you want to achieve out of a game and the targets you set yourselves," he expalined.

"We know we have to be up for this Test. Scotland are a Test team and we respect them. I’ve been in bed for a few days with flu, so I haven’t been addressing the players, but we do have to be conscious of what happened last time we were here.

"But overall we want to just improve as a team. That is what is important for us. I felt last week that we came back nicely against Ireland after half-time, and in the same situation against Argentina in Mendoza we weren’t able to do that.

"To me that is an indication we are growing and learning. This game is not about looking at Twickenham, we will worry about that next week."

The veteran centre is excited about renewing his midfield partnership with Stormers team-mate Juan de Jongh at Murrayfield.

"I am very pleased for Juan, he really is a fantastic guy and this is reward for the determination he has shown," said De Villiers.

"I thought that he was the best player in the Currie Cup final, and he has run into good form. He was the stand-out player on the day, and hopefully he can carry that on into this game."

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