Physical and tactical battle expected at Twickenham
November 02, 2018
Springbok skipper, Siya Kolisi, reckons his team can expect a huge physical and tactical battle on Saturday against England at Twickenham. The match is also the opening fixture of South Africa’s 2018 Castle Lager Outgoing Tour to the United Kingdom and France.

Kolisi, appointed as Springbok captain in June, led the Springboks to a hard-fought 2-1 series win over Eddie Jones’ team back then and Saturday is set to face the Roses for the first time at Twickenham.

The Springboks are looking forward to the English clash at their Twickenham fortress, according to Kolisi.

“Playing against England, in front of a packed Twickenham, the home of rugby, is a huge occasion for us and one that we are very much looking forward to,” said the South African skipper.

The Springbok series win in June does not make the South Africans favourites for Saturday.

“The last time we met they beat us in Cape Town, so we know it’s going to be a huge contest between two sides that will be desperate to win.

“England is a disciplined side and they believe in their system and processes. It has worked well for them and I expect nothing less on Saturday.

“We saw in the series back home that they know how to control the game and we are expecting a very good tactical game from them,” Kolisi indicated.

“We can expect a hard set-piece battle, they are playing at home in front of their Twickenham crowd who will be supporting them all the way.”

Kolisi mentioned that this match and the tour in general form part of the Springbok planning for next year’s Rugby World Cup in Japan.

“We only have four more games left after the end of year tour, so this tour is a very important one for us as a squad. It will give us the opportunity to gain more experience playing together as a group, and more importantly, give us the chance to play every week in different environments and conditions.”

The Test kicks off at 15h00 (17h00 SA time)) and will be televised live on SuperSport 1.

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