PRETORIA, SOUTH AFRICA – JULY 02: Steven Kitschoff of South Africa makes a run with the ball during the rugby union international match between South Africa and Georgia at Loftus Versfeld Stadium on July 02, 2021 in Pretoria, South Africa. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)
- Springbok prop Steven Kitschoff said they were not looking to lose their fourth Test in a row.
- If they lose to the All Blacks in the Gold Coast on Saturday, they will equal an unwanted 2016 record.
- Kitshoff will start from the bench with Malcolm Marks and Vincent Koch.
Springbok prop Steven Kitschoff said he was not looking forward to the 2016 run in which they lost four consecutive Tests.
Kitshoff missed last week’s 19-17 loss against the All Blacks but was off the bench in the four Tests SA lost to New Zealand, England, Italy and Wales in 2016.
If the Boks lose to New Zealand in the Gold Coast on Saturday, they will be in the same position, this time with a better team.
Kitshoff said the nightmare of 2016 that he experienced with many of his current teammates is the farthest thing from his mind
“I was part of that squad in 2016 and it’s not something we think about,” Kitshoff said.
“We just want to rock up and play great rugby. We support our playing style, our physical presence and the way we want to play our rugby.
“We have full faith in this team and we’ve had some unfortunate weekends, but it’s not something we think about.
“We just want to pitch on Saturday and give a good performance. We believe our strategy and DNA are good enough to win big matches.
One positive from last week’s heartbreaking All Blacks loss was a good scrambling through the game.
Boques would be without Frans Malherbe, but the opening front lines of Aux Neche, Bongi Mbonambi and Trevor Nyken are formidable.
Kitshoff, Vincent Koch and Malcolm Marx will step down from the bench and their mandate is clear.
“We want to build on our good performance over the past weekend and we know the All Blacks will try and correct their mistakes from the last Test,” Kitschoff said.
“As a front rower from the bench, we know how important it is to play the last 25-30 minutes of a Test, maintaining the scrum dominance and working from the platform given to us by the starting front line.”
Saturday’s Test in the Gold Coast will begin at 12:05 (South Africa time).
15 Willie Le Roux, 14 Sabu Nkosi, 13 Lukhanyo M, 12 Damien de Allende, 11 Makazol Mpimpi, 10 Hendre Pollard, 9 Faf de Clercq, 8 Duane Vermeulen, 7 Quagga Smith, 6 Sia Colisi (Captain), 5 Lude de Jagger , 4 Eben Etzbeth, 3 Trevor Nykane, 2 Bongi Mobonambi, 1 aux Neche
Substitute: 16 Malcolm Marks, 17 Steven Kitschoff, 18 Vincent Koch, 19 Franco Mostart, 20 Jasper Wiese, 21 Herschel Jantzie, 22 Elton Jantzie, 23 Frans Stein