Cheika wary of Springbok backlash

Wallabies coach Michael Cheika is wary of a Springbok backlash when the sides meet in the Rugby Championship in Bloemfontein on Saturday.

The Springboks’ pride will be wounded after their 57-0 drubbing at the hands of the All Blacks in Albany in Round Four and they will desperately be looking for redemption come Saturday.

“Everybody knows they are going to come back strong and hard after that game‚” said Cheika.

“Retribution will be in the air. We have to be prepared to work really hard. It’s pretty simple.”

Cheika added that people should not be writing off the Springboks as it was just a minor blip on an otherwise successful 2017.

“I don’t think South Africa have had many issues (this year).

“They had a bit of a hiccup last week.

“Everyone was singing their praises before that. I’ve seen the footage.

“They’ve been going pretty good. I know how that game can go against you‚ that New Zealand game.

“I’ve seen them in fine form this year. They were unbeaten until that game.

“They had a draw with us on our own soil.

“Just like Allister said‚ you can’t let that game define the team. I don’t think it will.

“Even in that game there were good things that they produced. We are fully aware it is a totally new challenge. Hard work for us is going to be key.”

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