Springboks looking forward to locking battle with All Blacks

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Having won only 81 per cent of their lineouts during the Ireland series, the All Blacks paid the price, while South Africa had lost only two of their 39 lineouts against Wales while also stealing eight of their feeds.


However, the All Blacks scrum did better, winning 83 per cent of their feeds against Ireland compared to South Africa's 71 per cent against Wales.


Springbok lock Marvin Orie said: "The All Blacks are known to have a strong set-piece.


"They have a lot of world-class players, especially in the second row."


"It will be a good challenge for us. Luckily, in my opinion, we also have some world-class players in the locks, and the competition has been good so far."


South Africa can call on Lood de Jager, Eben Etzebeth, Salmaat Moerat, Ruan Nortje and Orie, while utility Franco Mostert is handy as well.


Orie said the side was well-equipped with their hookers Bonbi Mbonambi and Malcolm Marx, with Joseph Dweba developing quickly.



"Bongi and Malcolm are fantastic players. Malcolm is close to 50 caps now (48), and Bongi reached 50 last weekend. They have grown a lot and have matured over the last couple of seasons. They are world-class players, and Dweba is not far behind them.


"Having hookers like that, it is an advantage for us in the lineouts and in the scrums. Just in general play as well, their skill set is fantastic for the team," he said.


Orie, who was part of the Stormers side that won the United Rugby Championship, said the side has had to work hard to get ready for southern hemisphere play after having played in northern hemisphere competitions.


"The switch from playing Super Rugby to the United Rugby Championship was challenging at first as the styles of rugby between the southern and northern hemispheres are different.


"But, I believe it was advantageous for us, and we can apply those lessons to the national team. We know the Rugby Championship will be a different challenge, but we have been simulating our training sessions according to what we can expect in the tournament.


The first Test is in Nelspruit on Saturday week.




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