Boxing braces for All Blacks backlash



Boxing preparing for a backlash from the combatants All black how they start their first two games rugby championship against the 2021 champions in Mbombela and Johannesburg.

At the first Test next week on Saturday, Boca’s coach Jacques Nienaber admitted they were up against a very difficult challenge that they faced in the three incoming Test series against Wales earlier this month.

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“It will be a different challenge than the one we faced against Wales. If you look at New Zealand, its athletes and the skill sets available to them, it’s probably going to be a game based on continuity and little ball movement,” Ninaber explained.

“But then again, they don’t shy away from the standard fight like they showed against Ireland. So I think it’s going to be a mixture of standard battles and a bit more continuity than what we saw in the Welsh series.”

The Boks’ goal in these two tests is to keep growing as they start the rest of the 2022 international season and two positive results against their big rivals will put them on the right track.

“Our goal is to keep improving and getting better. Having not played any (international) rugby and Wales was our first game in 2022, we got sort of a marker of where we were and then tried to line up in that series,” Ninaber said.

“So I think the main thing for us is to control and fix things in our game. We were by no means perfect against Wales. There are many things we need to work on and improve.

“We had a good review on Monday to see where we are now, what goals we have achieved during the Welsh Series, what we need to improve and what our goals are going forward. That’s where we are now.”

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Center Bok Luhanyo Am said the team was looking forward to facing one of their biggest rivals and that they will be energized and ready for the first game when the teams face off at Mbombele next weekend.

The All Blacks are a team that you always have to be on top of. So for us, as a team, we tried to prepare as best we could,” said Am.

“We know we will be facing a different threat compared to Wales so we are busy preparing and trusting we will be in a good place for the first Test next week.”