“Loosies Can Not Rest On Their Laurels” – Wiese


Springbok No 8 Jasper Wiese said the team were ready to adapt to anything that Wales may throw at them in the opening Test of the Castle Lager Incoming Series at Loftus Versfeld in Pretoria on Saturday, and that they believed in their systems and the coaches’ plans.

Wiese expected a fierce onslaught from the never-say-die Welsh outfit and said it was a matter of sticking to their structures and giving their all on the day, and hopefully, the result will take care of itself.

With a lot of competition in the loose trio with the likes of the uncapped Elrigh Louw, the hard-working Deon Fourie, Vodacom United Rugby Championship Player of the Season Evan Roos, utility forward Kwagga Smith, and the injured Duane Vermeulen also in the running in the coming months, Wiese said no player could rest on their laurels.

“With the quality players that are here there is big competition for places and a lot of it too, so I just want to do my best for the team and hopefully the results take care of themselves,” said Wiese.

“I watched the Vodacom United Rugby Championship and Evan and Elrigh were really excellent. 

“The competition for the places among the loose forwards is so high, if you don’t perform someone could easily take your spot. Kwagga has been doing well in Japan as well, so one has to keep on working hard to stay here.”

Asked what he expected from the Welsh loose forwards, as they prepare to announce their team after midday on Thursday, Wiese said: “Tommy Reffell is a great player. I play with him at the Leicester Tigers. He brings physicality in the tackle and at the breakdowns as well.

“Taulupe Faletau is also an excellent player, who has loads of experience and who has been in the Wales set up for a while, so we have to be well prepared for their loose forwards and anything that they bring.”

After being named as the Man of the Match in the Premiership Rugby final two weekends ago, Wiese said while it was a special award, he hoped he could build on that form in the green and gold.

“Hopefully I can take that form going into the season and having over 50 000 people cheering for us helps as well,” said Wiese.

"So as a team we would really like to take the opportunity this weekend and each do what we can do for the team.”