We know they’ll come at us even harder, but we’re ready: Nyakane

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We know they’ll come at us even harder, but we’re ready: Nyakane

Prop Trevor Nyakane offers no excuses or platitudes as Boks look to bounce back against the Wallabies

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Trevor Nyakane’s candour when asked about the crucial scrum penalties that partly led to the Springboks’ 28-26 defeat to the Wallabies last week came like a breath of fresh air.

Props tend to scrum away from exposing their innermost feelings. The game’s biggest men prefer to do their talking through their strong-arm deeds on the field. They are even less inclined to reach within to explain how battles lost have stung, especially when they are fronting up against the same opposition a week later.

They tend to serve platitudes when asked about their opponents and the scrum. “Our focus is on us”, “we are looking forward to the challenge”, “we are embracing the tough task ahead”, “it will require an eight-man effort”, “you need buy-in from the whole pack”, “we respect them as a scrumming pack” and “we want to give the match officials a good picture” have become stock phrases in pre-match routines...

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