Monday 24 April 2017

Jared Payne braced for 'angry' Springbok backlash

Rugby

Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt, left, with Iain Henderson, centre, and Jared Payne after win over South Africa
Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt, left, with Iain Henderson, centre, and Jared Payne after win over South Africa
The New Zealand-born Ulster star was one of the leading lights in last weekend’s famous win over the World Cup semi-finalists. Photo/ Brendan Moran/Sportsfile
Ruaidhri O'Connor

Ruaidhri O'Connor

Ireland full-back Jared Payne is anticipating a furious backlash in Saturday's second Test against the Springboks in Johannesburg.

The New Zealand-born Ulster star was one of the leading lights in last weekend's famous win over the World Cup semi-finalists but he reckons the task will be stiffer at Ellis Park.

Joe Schmidt is unlikely to appeal CJ Stander's one-game ban. Ireland had yet to receive the written judgement from SANZAR after judicial officer Terry Willis' decision to suspend the flanker, who was sent off last weekend.

The Irish management are unhappy with the slow nature of the disciplinary process, with skills and kicking coach Richie Murphy describing it as "taking forever".

However, Stander's team-mates are moving on and focusing in on their second meeting with South Africa as they target a series win.

"You've got to play rugby with a positive mindset, you go out to enjoy yourself and lucky enough it worked," Payne said of last weekend's win with 14 men.

"It'll be a different story this week with the Boks who will be coming back angry at Ellis Park.

"It'll be tough with those big boys charging at you. It will be different at Ellis Park than Cape Town, they'll have had another week together and it should be a step up again.

"Whether it works again on Saturday, we'll see.

"We need to improve massively not only physically, but we're going to have to go to a darker place again mentally. We're going to have to be more on the ball.

"We've identified areas that we can improve on and it's both mental and physical, so if we can do that and raise our game then hopefully we can meet the level that the Boks will be at because I guarantee you they'll be a lot better as well."

Ireland have no injury concerns ahead of the second Test.

Irish Independent

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