JOHANNESBURG – Springbok forwards coach Matt Proudfoot is confident the Springboks will match the Wallabies in what should be another high ball-in-play encounter when the teams meet in the opening Rugby Championship match at Ellis Park on Saturday.
Proudfoot said the Wallabies, under the guidance of Michael Cheika, had been smart in deciding to train at altitude in Joburg for a full two weeks before taking on the Boks.
“The last three years’ matches between us and the Wallabies have been very tight, with a high ball-in-play component. In 2017 we drew twice against them and last year’s results were also close; they’re a very fit team and have done well to use their time in South Africa, at altitude, as a pre-season training camp.
“It’s been a wise move on their part. But, we’ve also been training up here for a few weeks now.”
While the Wallabies have been in camp for 10 days now, the Boks spent two weeks training in Pretoria and will wrap up their preparations in Joburg this week, giving them three weeks at altitude.