Strauss hails Loftus factor

Date published: September 30 2016

Springbok captain Adriaan Strauss said his team was looking forward to playing against the Wallabies in front of a packed Loftus Versfeld.

Strauss addressed the media in Pretoria on Friday and said his team was encouraged by the huge spectator interest in Saturday's showdown.

"The Bok supporters have thrown their weight behind the team and that is very encouraging for us," he said ahead of the Rugby Championship game.

"We are looking forward to play in front of a packed Loftus and the team is determined to deliver a good performance against a quality Australian side."

Earlier on Friday, former Springbok scrum-half and Loftus hero Fourie du Preez handed out the match jerseys to the team. Du Preez, who captained the Springboks in four matches at the Rugby World Cup last year, offered some words of encouragement as well as some advice.

"It was massive to have him here with us at this time," said Strauss. "He is someone that I have a lot of respect for as a person and as a rugby player. He is one of our best ever Springboks and a very inspirational figure."

According to Strauss, the soft spoken Du Preez offered some great advice during his brief address to the team: "He spoke about us maintaining our composure and making the right decisions at the right times. His message had a big impact on the team."