Ire­land a ‘huge’ chal­lenge

Lesotho Times - - Sport -

CAPE TOWN — Spring­bok lock Vic­tor Mat­field (pic­tured) says their Test against Ire­land in Dublin will be a “huge” chal­lenge.

The Boks start their four-game year-end tour with a clash against the Six Na­tions cham­pi­ons at Aviva Sta­dium on Satur­day. It will be fol­lowed by Tests against Eng­land (London, Novem­ber 15), Italy (Padova, Novem­ber 22) and Wales (Cardiff, Novem­ber 29).

“It will be a mas­sive test against Ire­land. They are the Six Na­tions cham­pi­ons and have played re­ally well this year,” Mat­field told Netwerk24.

“Statis­tics show that Ire­land com­pete just as well as New Zealand and South Africa at the set-pieces. Eng­land also played re­ally well against the All Blacks in New Zealand.”

Mean­while, the Boks ar­rived in Dublin on Sun­day with­out lock Eben Etze­beth, who joined the squad on Tues­day fol­low­ing a fam­ily be­reave­ment. — Netwerk24

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