‘Boks not as good as they think’

Wallaby lock Nathan Sharpe, after his side narrowly lost to South Africa 19-22 on Saturday, has suggested that the Springboks are not as good as they may think.

Sharpe was quick to point out that the Australians were in no rush to peak too early this year, and their performance against the much-vaunted South African side was very encouraging.

“You don’t want to peak too early in a year like this and there’s a lot of guys in this coaching environment and structure that are still learning from the coaches we’ve got,” Sharpe told the AAP.

“It’s an important stepping stone for us to go through matches like that. Certainly you want to perform well in the big games and that was a big game. Next time we are going to be a lot better for that performance.”

He also suggested that some of the pre-match confidence displayed by the Boks had served as motivation for the visiting Australians.

“They like to talk themselves up a little bit and that is always a good incentive for us to play well and that certainly helped us,” Sharpe said.

Sharpe also asserted that the Springboks are not as good as they think they are, and that the Wallabies will be looking forward to meeting them in their own backyard.

“They are always a different team to play at home and we are very much looking forward to meeting them back in Sydney in a couple of weeks time.”

Both sides face New Zealand first before that clash; the Springboks this Saturday in Durban, and the Wallabies the next Saturday in Melbourne.

“It’s always a step up when you play the All Blacks, they are certainly the number one side in the world at the moment,” Sharpe said.

“They’ve got a game this weekend against South Africa and then they fly back here and play us in Melbourne, so we will catch them on the end of a long journey.”


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