Stick expects all-out All Black assault: ‘It’s probably their best team they’ve picked’ | Sport


Mzwandile Stick and Siya Kolisi. (Photo by Ziyaad Douglas/Gallo Images)

  • Springbok assistant coach Mzwandile Stick said the All Blacks won’t let up their intensity when the sides meet in Gold Coast on Saturday.
  • The All Blacks made a few changes to the side that beat the Springboks 19-17 in Townsville last week.
  • Stick said they also had the good responsibility of having to enjoy an All Black Test.

Springbok assistant coach Mzwandile Stick said the All Blacks won’t let up their intensity in Saturday’s final Rugby Championship clash between the sides in Gold Coast.  

That view is based on him believing the All Blacks have picked their best side, with Rieko Ioane moving to wing while Anton Lienert-Brown starts at outside centre.

Sevu Reece starts on the other wing as George Bridge and Will Jordan were dispensed with after failing the Springboks’ aerial Test in Townsville.

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Stick said they also needed to respect the opposition and occassion by picking their best side for the game.

“It’s probably their best team because of Anton Lienert-Brown because of his experience and we know what he can do,” he said.

“He’s a tough player and Ioane? He’s on form and he’s playing good rugby while Reece also been playing good rugby.

“The team they’ve selected shows the respect between the two teams. They may have won the Championship, but because of the nature of the game, selecting their best team will be tough.

“That’s also what we’re going through and what we’ve done. We maybe could’ve given an opportunity to other guys.

“We need to make sure that we win this one and that meant we had to select our best team.”

While their defence fell apart in the 30-17 loss to Australia in Brisbane two weeks ago, Stick felt it was up to scratch last week when they only allowed the All Blacks to score one try.

Stick admitted that containing the All Blacks is an almighty task because of their skillful players.

“If you look at the defence, New Zealand only scored one try. In how we defended, we were physical in the collisions,” Stick said

“They’re a dangerous side with ball in hand and they’ve got skilful players in their team. You have to be at your best to have a good 80 minutes against them.”

Stick said it was also important for them to enjoy the occasion of an All Blacks and not get to psyched up.

“These are the games we live for. When you look back after a couple of years, you’ll always going to remember them,” Stick said.

“It’s going to be tough, but we’re going to do our best and try to make our supporters proud.”


New Zealand

15 Jordie Barrett, 14 Sevu Reece, 13 Anton Lienert-Brown, 12 David Havili, 11 Rieko Ioane, 10 Beauden Barrett, 9 Brad Weber, 8 Luke Jacobson, 7 Ardie Savea (captain), 6 Akira Ioane, 5 Scott Barrett, 4 Brodie Retallick, 3 Nepo Laulala, 2 Codie Taylor, 1 Joe Moody

Substitutes: 16 Asafo Aumua, 17 George Bower, 18 Ofa Tu’ungafasi, 19 Patrick Tuipulotu, 20 Ethan Blackadder, 21 TJ Perenara, 22 Richie Mo’unga, 23 Damian McKenzie

South Africa

15 Willie le Roux, 14 Sbu Nkosi, 13 Lukhanyo Am, 12 Damian de Allende, 11 Makazole Mapimpi, 10 Handre Pollard, 9 Faf de Klerk, 8 Duane Vermeulen, 7 Kwagga Smith, 6 Siya Kolisi (captain), 5 Lood de Jager, 4 Eben Etzebeth, 3 Trevor Nyakane, 2 Bongi Mbonambi, 1 Ox Nche

Substitutes: 16 Malcolm Marx, 17 Steven Kitshoff, 18 Vincent Koch, 19 Franco Mostert, 20 Jasper Wiese, 21 Herschel Jantjies, 22 Elton Jantjies, 23 Frans Steyn

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