“We do expect
“The French side that plays us on Saturday is a good team and maybe that is a good thing for us, in that the match will be a big challenge and tell us where we are as a team.
“We expect the French to be more physical. They will be direct in their approach and they will have strengthened their set-pieces, both the lineouts and the scrums.
“But we have focused more on ourselves this week rather than paying too much attention to the opposition. We are focused on improving what we started last week,” Whiteley told reporters.
The Boks lost eight of their 12 Tests last year in their worst ever 12-month return, but made a positive start to their 2017 programme by beating the French 37-14 in the opening Test at Loftus Versfeld in Pretoria last weekend.
“A series win would mean a lot to us, but we haven’t even spoken about it or mentioned it,” said Whiteley.
“We are focusing on this game as an individual game. We have had the same approach as we had last week, and are just aiming at bettering our performance. We know we can definitely improve on what we did at Loftus.”
“The preparations have been great though, and the intensity has been great, so I am sure we can sort out the areas we fell down on in