Springboks – “We Definitely Have To Rectify Those Mistakes” – Mzwandile Stick


Springbok assistant coach Mzwandile Stick remembered the last match against Ireland in the Rugby World Cup pool stages clearly (the Boks lost 13-8) and although he emphasised it was history, he said there were a few key lessons they took from that match.

“It certainly fuels our motivation,” said Stick. “When we faced them before we created opportunities that could have placed us in a position to win the match. Their crowd is also always behind them.

“In that game there were things we didn’t do well, and we learned tough lessons from that, but it also brought us tighter together as a group. In fact, a lot of what we learned helped us in the match against France.

“We definitely have to rectify those mistakes and ensure that we perform better on Saturday because Ireland are a quality team and they have a way of using their chances.

“That said, what happened in the past won’t count tomorrow. The reality is that against a team like Ireland you’ll probably get five chances or so and you must use them to come out on top on the scoreboard on the day.”