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Bok lock Lood eagerly awaiting Rugby Championship ‘closing’: You need these huge video games

  • Springbok lock Lood de Jager says they’re hungry to win the Rugby Championship outdoors of a World Cup 12 months.
  • The one occasions New Zealand have relinquished the Rugby Championship since 2012 was in 2015 to Australia and in 2019 to South Africa.
  • The Springboks possible must beat Argentina convincingly at Kings Park to make the Rugby Championship dream occur.

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Springbok lock Lood de Jager might have been to 2 Rugby World Cups, certainly one of which he is received, however he is by no means been in a workforce that is received the Rugby Championship outdoors of a World Cup 12 months.

The trophy has typically been New Zealand’s property in these years and will the Springboks comfortably beat Argentina in Saturday’s crunch recreation at Kings Park, they will clinch the trophy.

That will probably be simpler mentioned than finished as they nonetheless must see how the Australia/New Zealand recreation in Auckland will decide the hassle the Boks must put in towards the Pumas.

De Jager mentioned Saturday’s recreation is one they’ll solely dream of, however one which’s additionally a privilege to participate in.

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“It is a huge recreation and we have not received a full Rugby Championship the place we have performed the opposite groups twice,” De Jager mentioned.

“It is an necessary recreation, but it surely’s additionally a privilege, in the identical method, {that a} World Cup closing is a privilege.

“Rising up, you need to play in these huge video games and if you play rugby within the yard, you all the time simulate a World Cup closing.”

The Pumas are backside of the log with 9 factors and a factors distinction of -43, largely led to by their 53-3 defeat towards the All Blacks.

Springbok workforce

15 Willie le Roux, 14 Canan Moodie, 13 Jesse Kriel, 12 Damian de Allende, 11 Makazole Mapimpi, 10 Frans Steyn, 9 Jaden Hendrikse, 8 Jasper Wiese, 7 Pieter-Steph du Toit, 6 Siya Kolisi (captain), 5 Lood de Jager, 4 Eben Etzebeth, 3 Frans Malherbe, 2 Malcolm Marx, 1 Steven KitshoffSubstitutes: 16 Bongi Mbonambi, 17 Ox Nche, 18 Vincent Koch, 19 Franco Mostert, 20 Duane Vermeulen, 21 Kwagga Smith, 22 Faf de Klerk, 23 Kurt-Lee Arendse 

They’ve crushed Australia away and New Zealand at residence, however they’re closely reliant on Australia (on 10 factors with a factors differential of -26 ) successful towards New Zealand in Auckland for the primary time since 1986 for that to occur.

That additionally means they will must win huge towards the Boks, who’ve probably the most to realize from a Wallaby win towards the All Blacks.

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De Jager stays cautious of the risk posed by Argentina and the truth that he felt they’re nonetheless in with an opportunity of successful the match.

“They have an opportunity to win the Rugby Championship as properly if Australia beat New Zealand,” De Jager mentioned.

“They’re coming right here with the mindset of desirous to be the primary Argentinian workforce to win the Rugby Championship.”

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