De Jager not underestimating Italy

Date published: November 15 2016

Springbok second row Lood de Jager expects a tough challenge against Italy in Florence on Saturday.

South Africa have won just four out of 10 Tests in 2016 and are yet to win a match on their end-of-year tour after drawing their opener with the Barbarians at Wembley and losing to England at Twickenham on Saturday.

Italy suffered a heavy 68-10 defeat to New Zealand at the weekend but despite that result, De Jager is not underestimating the Azzurri.

“There’s no such thing as an easy Test,” he told Netwerk24.

“We lost to Japan at the Word Cup, which shows you can take no team lightly.”

Despite the Boks’ 37-21 loss to England, De Jager said there’s no fear of failure in their ranks. He feels the two late tries the Boks scored against the second ranked team in the world showed that they possess fighting spirit.

“We can take a lot of positives from the match,” he added,

“There is clarity regarding the game plan. We just haven’t executed it as instructed…”