The Springboks eased into action in Brisbane on Monday, with a typical post-travel flush-out session in the gym and the pool used to get the legs pumping again.
The team will have their first field session on Tuesday afternoon, but on Monday, less than 24 hours after arriving in the Queensland capital, the squad visited a nearby gym where they took part in a fun spinning class after which they cooled off in the hotel pool.
After a long flight and a good night’s rest, the players thoroughly enjoyed getting the legs pumping again.
Springbok team doctor Craig Roberts explained the decision to have a flush-out session instead of a full training session as follows: “Luckily the players are used to the travel and the more you travel the easier it does become.
“With Super Rugby the players are very comfortable coming to Australia and New Zealand and they know the symptoms of jetlag. We also have strategies in place to have them adapt as quickly as possible.
“Today is a very low key session – we don’t have a field session, just a flush out and we will start building towards rugby related sessions from tomorrow,” he added.
Springbok coach Heyneke Meyer said it was great for the squad to be in Brisbane, where they will face the Wallabies on Saturday for the first time since their new coach, Ewen McKenzie, took over last month.
“I have a lot of respect for Australian rugby and for Ewen as a coach,” said Meyer. “This is a great challenge for us and we’re really excited to be here. The players are focused and ready and I think it will be a great game on Saturday.”
Although the Boks don’t have a great record at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane, Meyer said it’s something the team would prefer not to concentrate on.
“We don’t really want to focus on the record here,” he said. “It’s always very tough against the Wallabies and we don’t have a great record against them in last couple of games.
“But we can’t focus on the negatives. I believe in mental toughness, so we want to see it as a big challenge. At the end of the day, it’s just another field and another game.”