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Springboks look to build momentum in November internationals

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Oct 31, 2021

Springbok prop Steven Kitshoff says that while the world champions are looking to build to their title defence in France in 2023, they will take their November internationals one match at a time.

The Springboks open their tour with what promises to be an arm-wrestle of a match against Wales in Cardiff on Saturday 6 November.

Springboks look to build momentum

While winning all three November internationals would be a great achievement for the Springboks, Kitshoff said the team preferred to take each game in their stride.

“We haven’t spoken about that (winning all three Tests) as a team,” said Kitshoff.

“We’d like to play good rugby, create momentum and build up to the next Rugby World Cup.

“So, we are more focused on playing quality rugby, and this starts with winning the first game, because if we don’t, that goal will go out the window.”

Kitshoff believes that the Springboks will need to kick well on this tour if conditions prove to be wet.

“We’ve had a couple of days here where the ball has been slippery and wet and we are starting to get used to the conditions,” said Kitshoff.

“In terms of our style of play, we know how we want to play. Obviously if the ball is wet, we cannot throw it around as much, so one will probably kick a little more, which could suit us. But this could suit the opponents as well.”

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Kitshoff is relishing the incredible scrum battle that awaits the Springboks in Cardiff.

“There will be a lot of scrum opportunities. They are a good team with tough guys who don’t go away, and they play with a lot of passion and pride so they’ll be tough to beat physically.

“We won’t change much in our preparation and how we do things, so our build-up for each game will be the same as all the other games we’ve played.”

“It is a different ball game when we play in the northern hemisphere. I’ve have had a good stint here and I’ve been here with the Boks.

“In the southern hemisphere the rugby is more free-flowing, whereas in the northern hemisphere there are long and tough scrums, and big forward battles.”

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