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I'm still learning and grateful for the opportunities to be playing senior rugby so soon says Fassi

Sharks’ 20-year-old utility back Aphelele Fassi admits it has been a great year for him and that it has all been about learning. Fassi was in school last year at Dale College in the Eastern Cape but has quickly become an overnight sensation in Durban after making his senior appearances for the Sharks in the SuperSport Rugby Challenge and Currie Cup competitions. Fassi says he continues to learn from role models like Springbok and Sharks wing Sbu Nkosi and that he still has more to learn in his fledgling career.

Springboks looking to build on win against All Blacks says Siya Kolisi upon landing in SA

Springbok captain Siya Kolisi believes they have set a standard that they will need to build on as a side after their historic 36-34 win against the All Blacks in their Castle Lager Rugby Championship Test played in Wellington on Saturday (15 September 2018). Speaking at OR Tambo International airport upon their arrival on Sunday evening, Kolisi said they will be working hard at building on the win ahead of their two remaining Tests against Australia in Port Elizabeth and the All Blacks in Pretoria.

Beating the All Blacks in New Zealand is special but we are not getting carried away - Erasmus

Springbok coach Rassie Erasmus says beating the All Blacks in New Zealand is special and even made more significant considering that the Springboks were coming off two consecutive losses. The Springboks beat the All Blacks 36-34 in their Castle Lager Rugby Championship encounter in Wellington yesterday making it their first win at the Westpac Stadium and their first in nine years in New Zealand.

Kriel excited about his move to wing and relishing contest against All Blacks wing Rieko Ioane

Springbok utility back Jesse Kriel says he is excited at the prospect of starting at wing in Saturday’s Castle Lager Rugby Championship encounter against New Zealand in Wellington. Kriel has been moved from centre to wing in place of the injured Makazole Mapimpi and Lukhanyo Am returns to start at number 13. Kriel is set to come up against All Blacks star wing Rieko Ioane and Kriel says he is aware of the danger his opposite number will pose. However Kriel says it will be important not to focus on individuals but rather on themselves and what they need to get right as a team.

Franco Smith cautions his side to not let pressure get to them

Guinness PRO14 is back in South Africa this week when the Toyota Cheetahs take on Scottish side Glasgow Warriors on Saturday at the Toyota Stadium in Bloemfontein. Kick-off for that game is scheduled for 19:30. Cheetah’s coach former Springboks player Franco Smith says their expectations for this weekend is to control the pressure on them as his players have a heavy load on them to impress the supporters. Smith’s side have started this season on a slump losing in both their two opening matches, firstly going down 38-0 to Munster and then 46-14 to Ospreys. However weekend opponents Warriors are at the top of their game winning their first two opening games. Smith cautions his players to not pressure themselves this weekend

Human pleased with bonus point win against Griquas

Blue Bulls coach Pote Human was pleased with his team’s 45-40 bonus point win against Griquas in Kimberley yesterday. The win ended the Bulls two match losing run and saw them climb to third spot on the Currie Cup log. Human, though, says his team ill-discipline remains a big concern. Human commended his side for the character and the fight they showed especially when they were trailing and were two players less because of two yellow cards to wing Duncan Matthews and hooker Jaco Visagie.

They have put the defeat against Argentina - Kolisi

Springbok captain Siya Kolisi says they have put the defeat against Argentina in Mendoza to rest and are looking at putting their best foot forward in their Castle Lager Rugby Championship Test against Australia in Brisbane tomorrow. Kolisi says it will be important to to get an away win against the Wallabies if they are to remain in contention to win the competition.

We need a good start against Wallabies - Pieter-Steph du Toit

Springbok loose forward Pieter-Steph du Toit says it will be vital for the team to get a good start in their Castle Lager Rugby Championship Test against Australia in Brisbane on tomorrow. Du Toit is one of six changes Springbok coach Rassie Erasmus has made to his team. Du Toit will start at blindside flank in place of Francois Louw with prop Steven Kitshoff replacing Tendai Mtawarira and hooker Bongi Mbonambi coming in place of Malcolm Marx. Other changes include Elton Jantjies starting at flyhalf ahead of Handre Pollard and new centres in Damian de Allende and Jesse Kriel replacing Andre Esterhuizen and Lukhanyo Am. Du Toit is wary of the Wallabies backlash after losing two matches against New Zealand and says the Springboks will need to do a lot of work in the breakdowns where the Australians are strong.

Boks will have to improve on execution & physicality to bounce back against Australia - Proudfoot

Springbok assistant coach Matthew Proudfoot says it will be important for the Springboks to get consistency and physicality back into their game. This if they are to bounce back from their defeat against Argentina when they play against Australia in their Castle Lager Rugby Championship Test in Brisbane on Saturday. Proudfoot wants the Springboks to replicate how they performed in Durban against Los Pumas. Proudfoot believes that they will need to do much better on their execution in all departments as the Wallabies will look to play the same way as Argentina did in being up in their faces

Erasmus admits to being desperate and under pressure to beat Australia

Springbok coach Rassie Erasmus admitted that his team and Australia will be desperate to turn things around when they play against each other in the Castle Lager Rugby Championship Test in Brisbane on Saturday. The Wallabies have already lost two Tests against the All Blacks while the Springboks lost their last Test against Argentina and Erasmus believes that they will both be looking to rectify their defeats by winning. The Springboks jetted out of South Africa to Australia last night. Erasmus also conceded that he is under pressure and so is his team to win and believes that his side will put up a much better performance against the Wallabies.

Ill-discipline and over eagerness lead Blue Bulls to second defeat in Currie Cup

Blue Bulls coach Pote Human lamented his side’s poor discipline in their 38-35 defeat against the Golden Lions in their Currie Cup derby at Loftus Versfeld last night. Human said that there is nothing wrong with the structures put in place in the team but questioned the attitude of his players as they sunk to their second successive loss in as many weeks. Blue Bulls captain Hanro Liebenberg says his team should have never placed themselves in a position where the Lions were still in touching distance. Liebenberg believes had they closed out the game when they were dominant then the Lions last two tries would have had no bearing on the outcome of the game.

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