Boks add fun element

10 August 2016 - 09:29 By KHANYISO TSHWAKU

Having last won the Rugby Championship in its three-team format in 2009, it would be expected of head coach Allister Coetzee's Springboks to temper their expectations when the tournament starts next weekend. The immediate focus is the Argentina Test at the Mbombela Stadium, but lock Lood de Jager is aware of what winning this event could mean for them.They will have to beat the All Blacks home and away for that to happen, but the lanky baby-faced assassin is not worried about that specific set of results.The Boks know Los Pumascan't be underrated - they were embarrassed in an unforgettable 37-25 result this time last year at Kings Park.De Jager said: "You always want to win and the first prize is winning the trophy. We don't care about the All Blacks because that is something that is going to come later in the tournament. We don't want to be like the All Blacks. We want to play our own brand of rugby..."Having completed a funky Olympic video, the Boks seem to have placed a bigger emphasis on having fun. That could be something that was lacking in Heyneke Meyer's tenure.The Lions have been an example of a team whose fun element reflected in their results and how they approached their rugby.But Test rugby is a different kettle of fish, something De Jager is aware of, but he said the Lions template was something they could learn from...

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