Mathieu WARNIER, Media365, published on Thursday August 04, 2022 at 4:25 p.m.
At the opening of the Rugby Championship, South Africa will host New Zealand this Saturday and Handré Pollard ensures that it will be a tough duel.
After the summer tours, the Rugby Championship will resume its rights. This Saturday, on the lawn of the Mbombela Stadium in Nelspruit, South Africa will receive New Zealand, defending champion. A duel that sets the tone for a tournament in which the two teams are the huge favorites over Australia and Argentina. After a series of lost test matches against Ireland, the All Blacks took revenge but Handré Pollard assured him, the Springboks did not intend to change their game plan. “We have a way of playing and we believe in this. plan “, called the former Montpellier opening half, who will wear the Leicester Tigers jersey next season, to the press. However, a potential adaptation to what the New Zealanders will offer is not ruled out. “We will stick to our plan this weekend and see how things go after 20 minutes and if we have to adapt, we will,” added Handré Pollard.
Pollard: ‘It’s going to be a massive battle’
The South African striker concedes that “if the opportunities are there, we will certainly try to seize them”. A match which, for 80 minutes, risks being a fight between South Africans and New Zealanders, which Handré Pollard claims to be ready for. “It’s going to be a massive battle,” he said. You don’t want to give the All Blacks too much space, so the kicking game will be important. “Presented as” two X factors “by the opening half of the All Blacks, Beauden Barrett and Richie Mo’unga will not be associated with the kick-off, the second city having to take place on the sidelines at the kick-off mail. “They are a threat with the ball in hand, so we will try to contain them as much as possible and do our best as a team,” added Handré Pollard. Everything seems in place for an opening of the Rugby Championship 2022 in the form of fireworks between two teams still looking for confidence at just over one from the World Cup.