Side forwards need to lay foundation so defenders can scatter – Kolbe



springbuck Strikers are expected to go hard yards and pass the ball to the front foot of the back line for play during the final test against Wales at the Cape Town Stadium on Saturday, according to Cheslin Kolbe.

Kolbe believes defenders will be able to shine if the hard work is done up front, giving them a chance to shine.

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“We have amazing defenders and strikers, but there is definitely a plan instead of what the coaches expect from us, and I think that as a team we just have to show it on the field as best we can,” Kolbe explained.

“Obviously we would all like to run with the ball and be able to play one on one, but there will definitely be moments like this in the game if the forwards put in all the hard work first to make us back row players look better.

“I think basically all the hard work has been done beforehand and now we have to complete the plan that we’ve been working on all week on Saturday.”

Air battle

Kolbe, however, is gearing up for another big aerial battle against the Welsh wingers as Jaden Hendrixe’s pick in the scrum ahead of Faf de Klerk is partly due to his greater accuracy with the boot.

“I am very happy for Jayden (Hendrickse) and he has a big responsibility to give direction to the team and make sure that his responsibility in the system is fulfilled,” Kolbe said.

“I don’t want to talk too much about what will happen on Saturday, but whenever there are strikes, we, like wings, must pursue with all our might and enter this aerial battle with all our might. Wales and Springboks play rugby in a similar style.

“I have played against Josh Adams and Louis (Rees-Zammit) (Welsh Wings) quite a few times at club level and they are amazing players with a lot of experience. So it’s a good challenge to meet them again and I’m looking forward to it.”