Only bumps and bruises in Springbok Medical Update

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Spingbok emblemSpringbok doctor Craig Roberts reported only “bumps and bruises” as the team departed for Cardiff from Dublin on Sunday morning. He said there were no major concerns although another 24 hours would provide more certainty.

“The only concern before the match was Jean de Villiers and we managed him and replaced him after 60 minutes as we planned,” said Dr Roberts. “He came through the game well and apart from the usual bumps and bruises there are no major concerns.”

The squad reached its full complement of 30 on Sunday when Frans Steyn joined the squad from France. Steyn played for Racing Metro in the latest round of Top 14 matches before becoming available to join the Springbok squad.

“The players worked hard all last week and they took that onto the field,” said Springbok coach Peter de Villiers on Sunday.

“We focused on certain areas and it was pleasing to see the results. It was a new-look team but they responded well to the occasion and the tricky conditions and delivered a great performance.

“But that’s behind us now and it will mean nothing when we meet Wales on Saturday. We’ve already switched our focus to them and the different type of challenge they present.”

The Springboks ended a run of three defeats in Dublin and a ten-year wait for a win in the Irish capital with a 23-21 win on Saturday.

The Boks take on Wales at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff on Saturday (November 13) before Tests against Scotland (November 20), England (November 27) and a match against the Barbarians on December 4.

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