‘Most important game of the season’ – Steven Kitshoff

Planet Rugby

Springbok prop Steven Kitshoff says they are determined to beat England and keep hold of their number one ranking heading into next year.

South Africa regained their place at the summit following their 30-15 victory over Scotland and the All Blacks’ 29-20 defeat to Ireland.

It has been a mixed year for Jacques Nienaber’s men with their impressive series triumph over the British and Irish Lions followed by a frustrating Rugby Championship campaign.

The Boks have refound their form during the European tour, however, and will look to end it unbeaten when they face Eddie Jones’ side for the first time since the 2019 World Cup final.

A lot of energy in the camp

“It’s probably the most important game of the season,” Kitshoff told reporters.

“It’s been a really tough and long year, but there is a lot of energy in the camp at the moment.

“There have been two great results and there has been a lot of good work done during the weeks.

“It’s important for us to keep our number one spot in the world rankings until the international season starts again next year.

“We are just building momentum going into that 2022 season. It will be great to go three wins on the trot in the UK.”

Assistant coach Deon Davids echoed Kitshoff’s sentiments with the number one ranking an important target for the Springboks.

“Every Test match that we play is important for us,” Davids said.

“Being No.1 in the world and being No.1 in the world next year is something that really drives the players.

“We go out in every Test match to represent our country to the best of our ability and we will approach this game exactly the same.

“We came through a very tough year with Covid challenges, and this week is just another challenge we will have to overcome and adapt to.

“Playing for our country and playing a Test match against any country in the world on any given day is important for us.

“I think the players are motivated enough to bring their best.”


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