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Last Updated: Monday, 10 July 2006, 07:50 GMT 08:50 UK
Springboks to target Aussie scrum
South Africa coach Jake White
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South Africa coach Jake White says his side will target the Australian scrum in this week's Tri-Nations clash.

The Wallabies' front five was humbled by the All Blacks in a 32-12 defeat in Christchurch on Saturday.

White said: "Everyone knows the game's won and lost in the tight five. Didn't (former Australia coach) Eddie Jones ask two years ago to sort it out?"

Asked if the Springboks would be targeting the Wallabies' scrum, White said: "As much as we can."

Using a dominant front five as their platform, the All Blacks pummelled Australia.

We don't have the same manpower as the All Blacks do up front

South Africa coach Jake White

The Kiwi forwards constantly drove the Wallabies back, dominated the loose play and even fared well in the lineout, despite Australia's much vaunted superiority in the air.

Despite the likely return of 130kg (286 pound) prop Rodney Blake, the Wallabies can expect another battering up front on Saturday.

He conceded, however, that the Springboks would not field as powerful a front row as Kiwis Carl Hayman, Keven Mealamu and Tony Woodcock.


"That is a very, very strong front row," he said. "Obviously we'd like to replicate that but let's be quite honest, we don't have the same manpower as they do up front."

Despite the loss of powerful lock Bakkies Botha, White said the Springboks would still field a strong pack in Brisbane, with Danie Rossouw to join Bulls team-mates Victor Matfield in the second row.

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