Etzebeth calls for Bok response

Springbok captain Eben Etzebeth aims to front up against Australia in Bloemfontein on Saturday and take the Wallabies head-on.

The giant lock admitted lineouts were an issue, along with several other areas  in South Africa's record 57-0 defeat against New Zealand last weekend.

“The lineouts definitely struggled‚” Etzebeth told TimesLive.

“We have worked hard on it because it was a collective failure from the forwards. We have addressed that and we will take the option that is on.”

Etzebeth is also adamant that there is more motivation than just restoring Bok pride.

“We’ve had two weeks to think about the big loss‚ but we have also had more time to prepare‚” Etzebeth said.

“A week in rugby is a long time because every game the ball bounces differently and there will be new challenges.

“We are definitely using the loss [against NZ] as motivation but it’s not our entire focus. We have to focus on what we do well and go back to the good rugby we played before that game.

“Set-piece is something we pride ourselves on and we want to get back to the standards we have reached.

“This game isn’t personal for me based on what happened in NZ. It’s another Test another opportunity to play for the Springboks‚ which is always special.

“It was tough to get over that result but at the start of this week we made a decision to put it behind us.

“The preparation has gone well this week and that All Black result doesn’t define us as a team.

"We are excited to get out there again and use the mentality on focusing on the next job and playing minute by minute.”

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