Wallabies full-back Israel Folau has predicted that South Africa will look to Willie le Roux and Handre Pollard to up the tempo of Saturday’s Rugby Championship clash at Newlands
Australia came away with a last-gasp 24-23 win when the sides met in Perth earlier this month in a game marred by wet conditions.
But, with blue skies forecast for Cape Town this weekend, Folau expects a far more open game, identifying his opposite number and 20-year-old Pollard as the key protagonists as the hosts look to implement a more expansive approach than their normal forwards-oriented style
“Le Roux is one of the dangermen – we know that as a team, and we have to try and limit his opportunities every time he has the ball,” said Folau on Tuesday.
“He is a great player and one to watch out for this weekend.
“[The Springboks] have evolved big-time. They run the ball a lot more and they look pretty dangerous on attack. They have changed their game up.
“We have to expect anything. We know they can kick a lot but in saying that, playing at Newlands they might chance their hand and run the ball a bit more.”
“We have got to start the game strong this week. We let ourselves down with simple errors in the game in Perth, so we must clean that up and hopefully, that will keep us in the game,” added Folau.
“They are definitely going to come out physical and they are going to start the game strong. For us as a team it won’t be a surprise. We escaped that game in Perth. We are happy with that, but obviously it is a tough challenge at Newlands.”