Wallabies captain James Slipper says the Australian pack should brace for a brutal battle from the opening whistle or threat letting the Springboks “bash us up” as Check rugby returns to Adelaide.
Gradual begins have been the Wallabies’ Achilles heel this yr; Dave Rennie’s facet has misplaced the primary 25 minutes in every of the 5 Checks they’ve performed.
Solely twice have they managed to mount a profitable comeback, and Slipper concedes one other lacklustre opening might show expensive in opposition to a star-studded South African facet.
“It’s been spoken about, the beginning of the sport. Hopefully, we will put South Africa below a bit of warmth early,” Slipper mentioned earlier than the Wallabies’ first Check in Adelaide since 2004.
“It comes right down to creating alternatives and taking them. We’re a workforce that, particularly in these final 5 video games, we’ve created quite a bit however most likely haven’t had the polish to place them away and take factors once they’re on provide.”