The Springboks will not lose concentration, even if there is another uproar over the slew of forwards on the team’s substitutes’ bench.
Jacques Nienaber-they again decided on a 7/1 distribution for Saturday’s important World Cup game against Ireland.
“We respect the coaching group’s decision and all we can do as players is to prepare as well as possible for the game,” said Cheslin Kolbe.
Needless to say, a few ex-players and coaches ranted about the tactic, but it has worked for the Springboks before.
Just ask New Zealand at Twickenham.
According to Kolbe, critics can only talk and shake their heads, the players will not pay much attention to it.
“All we can do is concentrate on the things that are within our control. At the same time, we must ensure that our attention is not distracted.”
Cobus Reinach is the only full-back on the substitutes’ bench, but the South Africans’ versatility means they can wear different backline hats.
In addition to Reinach’s wing-playing abilities, Faf de Klerk can move to fly-half while Kolbe has also served at scrum-half.
“There is risk (in the substitution distribution), but we are lucky to have players who can play in different positions. We play for each other; regardless of the team selection.”
The fleet-footed winger is also excited to face the Irish powers.
“It is a huge privilege to be here and I am grateful for the opportunity to represent my country. I just want to go out and enjoy the moment,” concluded the World Cup winner.