Awesome Springbok pack but beware of Kolbe, warns Anthony Watson
Posted On July 21, 2021
JOHANNESBOURG: British and Irish Lions wing Anthony Watson said on Tuesday there was much more to the Springboks than huge forwards and brilliant tactical kickers, targeting Cheslin Kolbe. (Photo) like a huge threat.
The Springbok wing scored the try which concluded a decisive triumph in the 2019 World Cup final for South Africa in Japan against an England team including Watson.
Watson and Wales scorer Josh Adams are the favorites to start on the wings in the first of three tests against the world champions at Cape Town Stadium on Saturday.
Speaking at an online press conference, Watson said: “Whoever takes on Cheslin will have to make sure to do his homework in order to quash the threats he possesses.
“Everyone is aware of his skills and how much he can influence a game. You can also flip him over and try to see where you can expose him one-on-one when he’s defending. “
Meanwhile, Lions assistant coach Neil Jenkins said Welsh full-back Liam Williams successfully completed his concussion protocols after being injured in a 17-13 loss to Africa. South A last week.
He and Scot Stuart Hogg are vying for the number 15 jersey with the Lions chasing a winning start as they contemplate a fifth series victory in 14 tours of South Africa.
Another Scotsman, opener Finn Russell, is the only player excluded from the first test, due to an Achilles tendon injury, but he could be considered for the other two.
“Everyone is ready to go. Only Finn is missing, ”Jenkins said. “Players will be informed of Matchday 23 tonight (Tuesday), with the official announcement Wednesday.”
The Lions squad was originally due to be named on Thursday, but like the Springboks who revealed their Matchday 23 Tuesday 24 hours earlier than expected, the tourist announcement was brought forward as well.
“It could go either way on Saturday,” Jenkins said when asked to predict the outcome of the first test. “The Springboks are going to be very good, we know that, and we’re only looking for a slight advantage.
“We can assess their strengths and weaknesses, if there are weaknesses in a side of such quality. We will be looking at individuals, from a scrum and lineup perspective, ”he said.
“We will look at all aspects and all areas where we can get a fraction of the advantage. Test matches like this will have a very fine line and there won’t be much in it. “- AFP