White welcomes Aussie criticism

Springbok coach Jake White has invited further criticism of his squad from the Australian media, as his side uses their B-team label as fuel for the fires of their motivation in their oncoming fixture against the Wallabies on July 7.

“I can say the more you guys do it, the better it’s going to be for me because you are motivating these players every single time you ask those questions,” White said on Friday when queried again about a Springbok team missing up to 24 top players.

South Africa captain Bob Skinstad admits all the second-string talk will help the side’s preparation.

“You shouldn’t need any motivation, but it certainly helps,” Skinstad said.

“We’ve got a lot of injuries, a couple of those guys are at home with some of the coaching staff and one of those guys is the team motivation expert and psychologist, we haven’t needed to bring him along.”

The Springboks, with a win and a loss in the Tri-Nations after their home leg of the series, play Australia in Sydney on and the All Blacks in Christchurch, New Zealand on July 14.

White says his side can still win the tournament.

“Look at the log, we’ve got five (points), the All Blacks have got four, the Wallabies have got nought, so at this stage anything is possible,” White said.

“Let’s see what happens between Australia and New Zealand in Melbourne, if our B-side can click next week we should
be OK.”

White refused to comment on claims that the Australian Rugby Union (ARU) might try to seek financial compensation from their South African counterpart because the depleted Springboks side could dampen ticket sales.

“Coaches get fired for mentioning ticket prices, so I’m not going to mention anything about ticket prices,” White said.

Looking ahead to the Melbourne fixture between Australia and New Zealand, White said that the Wallabies would gain an advantage from the extensive travel the All Blacks had just undergone from South Africa.

“They basically won with seven minutes to go and then to fly from the other side of the world over to Melbourne, that is obviously a negative,” White told the AAP.

“A positive for the Wallabies is that they get to play at home. We played a really tough game against Australia in Cape Town (the previous week) and that helped us in the first 20 or 30 minutes the way we started, but it probably took its toll in the last 20, so it will be interesting to see tomorrow what happens.”

Meanwhile Skinstad is looking forward to leading his country once again, capping off a remarkable return to international rugby after a four year absence from Test rugby for the Springboks.

Both he and his wife knew he had unfinished business at international level when he kept waking up in the middle of the night when the Springboks were in England last year.

“We had a long chat about it and we both realised that it wasn’t something I wanted to let go, for me this is an opportunity to find some closure.”


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