Bok flank Kolisi wary of Wallabies at Newlands

Springbok flanker Siyamthanda Kolisi has warned his team mates that Australia will be out make up for their mistakes in this week’s Rugby Championship match at Newlands.

The twenty-two-year-old Kolisi replaced fellow flank Francois Louw towards the end of the Test at Suncorp Stadium, where the Boks ran out 38-12 winners over Australia earlier this month.

“Australia will come hard at us and try to fix the mistakes they made in Brisbane,” said Kolisi who is simply known as ‘Siya’ to rugby fans.

“I was impressed when, even though Australia was so far behind (on the scoreboard), they never gave up trying and we battled to close out the game.

“They are a good outfit, and they’ll bring it on by stepping up their play a notch or two at Newlands.”

Kolisi feels there are two aspects of the Boks’ game that need to show improvement against the Aussies.

“I think we slipped up our one-on-one tackling and our kicking game must improve,” said Kolisi.

“These are the things that we have chatted about this week. We also need to make sure that we move into better positions to get on top in the kicking game.”

Kolisi also played as a substitute at Eden Park, Auckland, where the Boks lost 29-15 to the All Blacks two weeks ago.

“We’ve put that game out of our heads and started focusing on Australia. What happened there is history now.

“Our team for Saturday has not yet been named, so I don’t know if I’ll get a chance to run out at Newlands, which is my home stadium.

“I’m not really a man that likes to put emotion into rugby, but obviously it is going to be special for me playing in front of everyone in my town.

Kolisi admitted that Newlands was special for him, but said playing there would not necessarily help the team’s cause.

“The Boks have a good winning record at Newlands, but that won’t win us the game on Saturday. We still have to pitch up and play well. We are not going to put the excellent Newlands records in our heads.”

Springbok hooker Adriaan Strauss also felt that the visiting Aussies would put on a vastly improved performance.

“We are clear in our minds that we are up against a very different Australian team than the one we beat in Brisbane,” said Strauss.

“We know that this will be a very different game and a different challenge.

“The Aussies will be really motivated for this game, and they will be expecting much more from their players, especially the forwards. We are expecting a lot of emotion to be put into their scrumming, and they have had time to work on a few things.

The Springbok team to face the Wallabies on Saturday at Newlands will be announced on Wednesday.

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