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Jean wary of Wallabies

 Sep 27,2013
Written by: SARugby.com Editor
 

Springbok captain Jean de Villiers insists complacency is not an issue as his side prepares to face Australia at Newlands on Saturday.

The Boks are widely expected to emerge handsome victors from the Rugby Championship clash, but de Villiers acknowledged his team-mates would have to be at their best to fulfil their ambition.

"We are playing against a quality Australia team and we have to be flipping good to beat them, so that is where our focus is at," said De Villiers.

"The reality is that we lost the last match we played (against New Zealand), so the tough thing is walking around all week with people saying we have to beat New Zealand.

"For us it is first doing the job this week. We spoke about processes and trying to reach our goals, but we need stay in the moment and follow that process in taking one step at a time and doing what is needed to get a result.

"We are looking at where we are going as a team and what we want to achieve. We've taken a lot of steps in the right direction over the last couple of months but, after the last game, we also realised that there is still a lot of hard work to do for us to compete against the best in the world.

"The Australian team will be at their best on the weekend and they will come out firing, so it will be a massive game for us."

Meanwhile, de Villiers' Australian counterpart, James Horwill, reaffirmed the need for improvement to his side's showings and are keen to upset the odds, even though Paddy Power have them as the underdogs.

"We need to improve in all facets of our play and we need to be able to put that together for 80 minutes," said Horwill.

"They certainly deserve to be favourites there is no doubt about that. They've been playing some great rugby and we need to play better than we have previously.

"We would have like to have won more games in the Rugby Championship but it is an exciting opportunity as there are a lot of people out there that do not give us a chance.

"We've got some really good guys especially in the forwards pack that are mobile and are good with the ball in hand, so we need to give them enough space and time as we can."

 

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