Springboks – “It’s Going To Be A Fast Game“ – Grant Williams


Springbok scrumhalf Grant Williams said on Monday he is expecting Ireland to come out guns blazing in Pretoria on Saturday when the top two teams in the world go head-to-head for the first time since the pool stages of the Rugby World Cup. He predicted that it would be a physical 80-minute battle.

Williams said he is wary of the threat Ireland posed, but also said the Boks were thrilled about the occasion.

“The vibe in the camp is very exciting and everyone is looking forward to the Test,” said Williams.

“We have no doubt Ireland will come out strongly. It’s going to be a fast game, and one that will require an 80-minute effort.”

Williams brushed off the banter in the media between the teams off the field, saying: “We pride ourselves on trying to win Test matches, so we don’t really dwell on who’s number one or two in the world. The Rugby World Cup is history, so our focus now is solely on doing well in this Test.”

Of the opportunity to work with Brown, a former All Black flyhalf, Williams said: “I’m still a younger player and learning, and with Tony here now there is even more learning. Two or three years ago we would have done things differently on attack, so we are certainly on track and building as a team.”