Rugby-Don't tell us how to play, say spiky Boks before crunch Lions test

6/8/2021 5:38:00 PM

Rugby-Don't tell us how to play, say spiky Boks before crunch Lions test

Rugby-Don't tell us how to play, say spiky Boks before crunch Lions test

CAPE TOWN : South Africa captain Siya Kolisi said the world champions won't let criticism of the team's style of play alter their game plan going into Saturday's series decider against the British & Irish Lions.Commentators including New Zealand coach Ian Foster have accused the Springboks of playing bori

CAPE TOWN : South Africa captain Siya Kolisi said the world champions won't let criticism of the team's style of play alter their game plan going into Saturday's series decider against the British & Irish Lions.Commentators including New Zealand coach Ian Foster have accused the Springboks of playing boring rugby with their forward-based kicking game, while the Lions suggested the home side had deliberately tried to slow play in the second test - which the Boks won 27-9 - to help them conserve energy.

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LinkedIn CAPE TOWN : South Africa captain Siya Kolisi said the world champions won't let criticism of the team's style of play alter their game plan going into Saturday's series decider against the British & Irish Lions.LinkedIn CAPE TOWN : Flanker Courtney Lawes has called for one final push from the British & Irish Lions to secure a momentous series win against world champions South Africa and urged the team to express themselves at the Cape Town Stadium on Saturday.LinkedIn MELBOURNE : Jordan Petaia has been recalled to the Wallabies for his first test of the season, replacing the suspended Marika Koroibete on the wing for the Bledisloe Cup opener against the All Blacks at Eden Park on Saturday.LinkedIn New Zealand named on Thursday the following squad to play Australia in the first Bledisloe Cup test in Auckland on Saturday.

Commentators including New Zealand coach Ian Foster have accused the Springboks of playing boring rugby with their forward-based kicking game, while the Lions suggested the home side had deliberately tried to slow play in the second test - which the Boks won 27-9 - to help them conserve energy. Kolisi said the criticism would not distract his team from their task, while assistant coach Mzwandile Stick said the Boks would take no lessons from the Lions on how to play. It has been the strangest of Lions tours, with no crowds and the players cooped up in their bio-secure hotels, but it comes to an end with a final 80 minutes and a chance for either side to claim victory. "We are going to play the same way, that is who we are. Wallabies coach Dave Rennie has recalled Harry Wilson to replace Naisarani and dropped Lachie Swinton in favour of blindside flanker Rob Valetini in a rejigged back row. We are South Africans and it works for us," Kolisi told reporters ahead of the Cape Town Stadium clash. "It means a great deal to us, we have to go out there and express ourselves and show that. "We wouldn’t go look at another team that is winning and complain about how they are playing.

You can’t do that, they are winning." Lawes will be a key part of efforts to counter the Boks’ power but, as coach Warren Gatland and captain Alun Wyn Jones have echoed this week, he said they will look to avoid confrontations that slow the game down and allow the hosts to catch breath. "We've had a strong week on the training field and the team is in good shape heading to Auckland." With the series poised at 1-1, the Lions have pledged to try to speed up the game on Saturday, both with ball in hand and between stoppages by avoiding confrontations. Stick said the Lions were welcome to play a more expansive game if they wanted to. We are looking to correct our mistakes. "We don't go into a game to slow things down. Matchday squad: 15-Tom Banks, 14-Jordan Petaia, 13-Len Ikitau, 12-Hunter Paisami, 11-Andrew Kellaway, 10-Noah Lolesio, 9-Tate McDermott, 8-Harry Wilson, 7-Michael Hooper (captain), 6-Rob Valetini, 5-Lukhan Salakaia-Loto, 4-Darcy Swain, 3-Allan Alaalatoa, 2-Brandon Paenga-Amosa, 1-James Slipper. If the Lions want to play touch rugby, that will be very nice for us and they are more than welcome to do so," he said. "We can't get too caught up in the niggle, scrapping and that sort of stuff.

"We are not going to decide what they must do and they are not going to tell us how to play the game." Kolisi, who suggested previously that the series was bigger for the Boks than winning the World Cup two years ago, said his team would"play what is in front of us". We are fit team, we want to run around and have the ball in hand. "If there are niggles, we are going to get involved, we never leave a man behind, that is our system and what we believe in," he said. "It’s a final for us." Lawes was injured when the Lions squad was announced for the tour but has gone on to play all three games in an unchanged back row that includes fellow flanker Tom Curry and number eight Jack Conan..

. We complement each other," he said. Tomorrow is everything. For most of us this is it, we will never get another opportunity to play the Lions. That makes it easier to just put it all out there on the field and give all you have got." (Reporting by Nick Said; editing by John Stonestreet) Source: Reuters .