Bok duo excited ahead of RWC debut

Date published: September 23 2015

South Africa's Schalk Brits and Damian de Allende are eager to get on the pitch on Saturday against Samoa.

Brits has earned a place on the Springboks bench as head coach Heyneke Meyer rotates his three hookers. The Saracens front rower is hoping to get a run in the second half when Adrian Strauss takes his takes his leave.

"It will be my first World Cup game so I'm so excited and so happy…I cannot wait for this weekend," quipped the 34-year-old.

"I really haven’t played against them before but I've done a lot of looking and analysing them as a team and individuals. They have some big individuals, are quick and can play rugby.

"We have got to focus on what we do and what we do well. We can't wait to turn last weekend's defeat into an opportunity to show what we can do and what we want to do."

Speaking of the shock loss to Japan, Brits revealed that while the backlash from fans and the media has not been pleasant, the team can turn it around with a stellar performance at Villa Park in Birmingham.

"It's been quite vicious," revealed the former Stormers hooker.

"There will always be criticism even if you win. This weekend we can put a lot of things right with our performance, not say too much but do things on the pitch.

"Everyone has been getting on the bandwagon. We have seen all the cartoons, sketches, jokes and pictures. Come Saturday we need to put all that behind us and do what we have done for the last ten years."

Meanwhile, fellow World Cup debutante de Allende revealed it took the team a good three days to get over the defeat.

"The boys really got over it yesterday [Tuesday] in training," said the 23-year-old.

"It was still a bit dull on Monday because everyone knew we had let down ourselves and the country. It was quite tough. Yesterday was a lot better than Monday. We spoke about it and got it all out. Hopefully it will pay off this weekend."

The Stormers centre will start at 12 for the Springboks, right in the firing line of the physical Samoan backline. 

"They are massive human beings," said a concerned de Allende. 

"We have to go on the field and front up and leave nothing out there."