Boks have a shot at redemption

Date published: September 22 2015

Springbok centre Jesse Kriel said the fixture against Samoa, at Villa Park on Saturday, would provide the ideal opportunity for the team to remedy some of the problems which emerged during the tournament opener against Japan last weekend.

The South African rugby fraternity is still struggling to come to terms with what transpired last week and that includes the Springbok squad itself.

Kriel acknowledged that there is considerable disappointment, but adds that there is now incentive to "make it right" this weekend.

"Obviously we were very disappointed with the result and how we played," he said on Tuesday.

"But I think the great thing about rugby is we've got another opportunity this weekend to go and make it right. 

"That is where everyone is at and obviously we're going to review the game and go forward," added Kriel.

What will serve as added encouragement for the Springboks ahead of this weekend's clash is that first-choice number eight Duane Vermeulen will be available for selection this week, after recovering from a neck operation which was conducted on him earlier this year.

When announcing Vermeulen's return, team doctor Craig Roberts said the loose forward was not risked during the first match, because there was the bigger picture to consider.

Roberts is now satisfied that Vermeulen will have the capacity to compete without risking any further injury.