Boks show their teeth ahead of tactical arm-wrestle against British & Irish Lions. DM168 unpacks the battles that will determine the outcome.
First published in the Daily Maverick 168 weekly newspaper.
Rassie Erasmus and Warren Gatland were in agreement on a number of points following South Africa A's 17-13 win against the British & Irish Lions. Where they differed was on the importance of the midweek result.
The Lions coach felt the game amounted to little more than a physical and mental warm-up. Erasmus, by contrast, praised the local team's character as they held on to claim an unexpected win against a more fancied and battle-hardened Lions outfit.
We should expect more mind games from Gatland in the lead-up to the first Test. Erasmus and head coach Jacques Nienaber - who recently rejoined the Bok squad after a Covid-enforced hiatus - are also likely to oblige with a few pre-game barbs.
Behind the scenes, both sets of coaches will prepare their charges for an intricate and brutal chess match. DM168 unpacks the battles that will determine the outcome.
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