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Springboks aim to protect Ellis Park fortress

SoccerNews in General Soccer News 15 Jun 2012

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South Africa captain Jean De Villiers said he was confident of facing England in their upcoming Test on Saturday.

The Springboks accounted for Stuart Lancaster’s men 22-17 last week at Kings Park, and De Villiers said their good record at Ellis Park – the venue on Saturday – would hold them in good stead once more.

“I think the history of Ellis Park is fantastic and what we achieved their in 1995, and even post match, has been good for South African Rugby and the Springboks,” the new South Africa skipper said.

“So, our record is pretty good at Ellis Park, so we are excited about the games. At the end of the day, you need to go out and play good rugby. We are hoping to do that on Saturday.”

A late try from Ben Foden reflected a change in styles for Lancaster’s side in England’s defeat, with De Villiers believing it could bring more success against the Springboks.

However, the Springboks have only lost once in the last 10 years at the Johannesburg stadium, and they will be looking to sustain their dominance at the ground.

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