Monday 23 April 2018

Burger wants more ruthless Boks

South Africa'S Schalk Burger wants the Springboks to show greater accuracy when they meet Italy in today's second Test at Buffalo City Stadium in East London.

The hosts racked up a 29-13 win in Witbank last weekend, but it was an error-strewn display, with the tourists shading the second half 10-7.

The world champions started their season in ruthless form with a victory over Wales in Cardiff and a crushing demolition of Grand Slam champions France in Cape Town. And Burger, restored to the side following an ankle injury, believes Peter de Villiers' team need to reach the levels of performance shown in those two victories.

"We will be looking to play with the intensity of the French Test as it is important for us to get momentum going into the Tri Nations next month," said Burger.

"We expect them (Italy) to kick a lot," he added. "It worked for them but if we stick to how we want to play, we will be able to counter them."

Italy coach Nick Mallett praised his team for last weekend's display, and said he will honour the bet he made to shave his head if his side got within 20 points of South Africa in Witbank.

South Africa -- G Aplon; J de Villiers, J Fourie, J de Jongh, B Habana; M Steyn, R Januarie; G Steenkamp, J Smit (capt), J du Plessis; B Botha, A Bekker; S Burger, F Louw, P Spies. Reps: C Ralepelle, BJ Botha, F van der Merwe, D Potgieter, R Pienaar, B James, W Oliver.

Italy -- L McLean; M Sepe, G Canale, A Masi, Mirco Bergamasco; C Gower, S Picone; S Perugini, F Ongaro, L Cittadini; CA Del Fava, M Bortolami; P Derbyshire, M Vosawai, S Parisse (capt). Reps: L Ghiraldini, F Sbaraglini, Q Geldenhuys, A Zanni, T Tebaldi, R Bocchino, M Pratichetti.

Ref -- A Small (Eng).

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