Juan de Jongh of South Africa.
Juan de Jongh of South Africa. YOAN VALAT

Springboks 'hurting' as much as the Wallabies

RUGBY UNION: South Africa expects the "real” Wallabies to turn up for Saturday's Rugby Championship clash at Suncorp Stadium.

Both teams are under huge pressure after poor recent displays.

The Wallabies' losing streak is well known. The Springboks are coming off a shattering 26-24 loss away to Argentina.

Springboks assistant coach Mzwandile Stick acknowledged the Australians were in a rut after poor performances against England and the All Blacks.

But he said the Boks wouldn't take the Australians lightly.

"At the moment we know one thing for sure, they're hurting like we are,” Stick said.

"Looking at the type of players you've got, you can never underestimate them. Israel Folau, Quade Cooper and Will Genia are world-class.

"On their day, if those guys click together and play as a team, they can be dangerous.”

Centre Juan de Jongh said his team had used the week's break between Rugby Championship games to regroup.

"Whatever happened in Argentina is behind us now,” de Jongh said.

"For us it's more important to focus on the small little things and making sure we rectify all the mistakes we did in Salta (against the Pumas).

"You can't leave the game to the last minute, we have to sharpen up and have a good start.”


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