Hard Man Botha Is Bak-Ing Boks in Big Warning to Wales

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Hard Man Botha Is Bak-Ing Boks in Big Warning to Wales


Byline: By Simon Thomas Western Mail

South african hardman Bakkies Botha has sent out a chilling warning to Wales, declaring, "If you think we're here on holiday, think again."

Botha (left) insists there's no end-of-term frivolity within the Springboks camp as they prepare for their final Test of the year.

The giant Bulls second row says the Boks are determined to maintain the standards that won them the World Cup and will have their minds firmly on the job at the Millennium Stadium today.

"We are not here to enjoy the tour and enjoy the weather," he said.

"We are here to win a Test match. We are not here on holiday or vacation. We must finish off on a high to end the season.

"It's an official Test match and the boys have put in the work, we are well prepared.

"We are looking forward to the game. The day after we won the World Cup, the guys started talking about this Test against Wales.

"It's amazing how the guys think. That's the culture in South African rugby. We are always looking forward to the next Test."

Bakkies has insisted that World Cup final delight in Paris wasn't the end of the Springboks' season.

"Winning the World Cup was a high, but the guys know the season doesn't end there," he said.

"It ends after the Wales game, after the end whistle goes.

"We know next weekend is the Baa-Baas and that's actually a festival match. …

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