Jesse Kriel was shown how to throw a punch! Photo: Phando Jikelo/ANA Pictures
Jesse Kriel was shown how to throw a punch! Photo: Phando Jikelo/ANA Pictures
Springbok captain Eben Etzebeth, Ross Cronjé and Ruan Dreyer sign autographs at Canal Walk on Wednesday. Photo: Wynona Louw
Springbok captain Eben Etzebeth, Ross Cronjé and Ruan Dreyer sign autographs at Canal Walk on Wednesday. Photo: Wynona Louw
Chiliboy Ralepelle interacts with the members of Boxgirls South Africa at the Springbok Experience museum. Photo: Phando Jikelo/ANA Pictures
Chiliboy Ralepelle interacts with the members of Boxgirls South Africa at the Springbok Experience museum. Photo: Phando Jikelo/ANA Pictures
Damian de Allende and Sbu Nkosi were also on duty in Canal Walk. Photo: Wynona Louw
Damian de Allende and Sbu Nkosi were also on duty in Canal Walk. Photo: Wynona Louw
Pieter-Steph du Toit, Louis Schreuder and Chiliboy Ralepelle try to get their warm-up routine going. Photo: Ashfak Mohamed
Pieter-Steph du Toit, Louis Schreuder and Chiliboy Ralepelle try to get their warm-up routine going. Photo: Ashfak Mohamed
Rudy Paige was put through his paces by the Boxgirls. Photo: Phando Jikelo/ANA Pictures
Rudy Paige was put through his paces by the Boxgirls. Photo: Phando Jikelo/ANA Pictures
Jesse Kriel had a bit of a work-out on his off-day. Photo: Ashfak Mohamed
Jesse Kriel had a bit of a work-out on his off-day. Photo: Ashfak Mohamed

CAPE TOWN – It doesn’t get much bigger in Test rugby than facing the All Blacks.

That is certainly true for the Springboks, and considering how their last three games have gone, the pressure-cooker is boiling over in Cape Town this week ahead of Saturday’s Newlands showdown.

It is probably difficult for Allister Coetzee and his players to switch off from how they are going to engineer a turnaround from the record 57-0 humiliation to New Zealand in Albany, but some of them managed to do just that on Wednesday afternoon in the Mother City.

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Jesse Kriel was made to sweat a bit by Boxgirls. Video: Ashfak Mohamed

Trevor Nyakane, Jesse Kriel, Chiliboy Ralepelle, Pieter-Steph du Toit, Rudy Paige and Louis Schreuder got a chance to “learn” some boxing skills from the young ladies at Boxgirls South Africa, who are from Harare near Khayelitsha, and children who are part of the Zip Zap Circus, at the Springbok Experience museum at the V&A Waterfront.

Boxgirls and the Zip Zap Circus are two of the projects funded by Laureus Sport For Good Foundation South Africa, who hosted the event.

On the other side of the city, the likes of Bok captain Eben Etzebeth, Dillyn Leyds, Damian de Allende, Ross Cronjé, Ruan Dreyer and Sbu Nkosi attended an Asics signing session at the Totalsports store at Canal Walk Shopping Centre.

“I feel like, as a sportsman or anyone in general, you’ve got to do whatever makes you enjoy what you’re doing. I know it’s a hectic week and there’s big pressure, but spending time with the kids is what life is all about – just to see the smiles on their faces,” Nyakane said.

The Bulls strongman will hope that it turns into an even better week on Thursday, when Coetzee will name his team to take on the world champions.

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Trevor Nyakane enjoyed some time away from the cauldron of Test rugby on Wednesday. Video: Ashfak Mohamed

Nyakane has been largely used as a tighthead prop off the bench, but with Dreyer’s battles in the scrum last week, Nyakane will hope to get more game time at Newlands – if not a starting berth.

And let’s hope that, like the members of the Boxgirls club, the Bok forwards pack a punch!

 

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