Saturday, 16 June 2012

Tom Bradshaw: Springbok mentality is needed at Bath Rugby

Here are two facts: a) as expected, South Africa's forwards play – once the Boks found their feet – was blisteringly intense against England in the first Test on Saturday; b) the new Bath rugby head coach is the former assistant coach of South Africa who had responsibility for the Boks' pack.

It would be misleading to make hasty, glib statements about how Gary Gold is likely to inject "Springbok steel" into the Bath pack. But, nevertheless, watching the intensity with which the Boks played in the third quarter of Saturday's match should serve to whet Bath fans' appetite a touch.

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