Springboks determined to beat New Zealand on South Africa soil - Siya Kolisi

Siya Kolisi will be leading South Africa in the upcoming Rugby Championship
Siya Kolisi will be leading South Africa in the upcoming Rugby Championship

Springboks captain Siya Kolisi admitted that his side is determined to beat New Zealand as the two teams lock horns with each other in the opening two rounds of the Rugby Championship.

The last time the Springboks defeated New Zealand at home was in 2014 when they sealed a 27-25 win at Ellis Park in Johannesburg and since then has lost four matches.

“We haven’t won at home against the All Blacks in eight years and that is our motivation this weekend,” he said.

“To be honest with you, we can’t control what’s happening in their camp but we can only control what we can control in our camp and on the field on Saturday.

“As this group, we have never beaten the All Blacks in SA before and that’s what we want to do and that is our motivation. We want to really play very well and get our plans to work properly.”

New Zealand are heading into the weekend's clash following a home series defeat against Ireland that saw them make changes to the coaching panel with John Plumtree and Brad Mooar sacked.

Nevertheless, Kolisi, who led South Africa to a 2019 World Cup triumph is wary of the threat the All Blacks possess.

“They are an amazing side and we want to test ourselves against them. They have just lost two games but we have been on the other side too where we were under pressure.

“We know what it feels like to be under pressure, it takes one game for you to kick-start, We are not chilling here thinking what everybody is thinking but we are preparing to win the game."