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'Desperate' Springboks strengthen their squad

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    02 Sep 2018     Getty Images

South Africa lost their last outing, to Argentina 19-32 last week in Mendoza and will resume their campaign against Australia in Brisbane on Saturday.

Erasmas said: "We are desperate. We lost against a team we did not want to lose against. So I think it will be two teams trying to rectify the previous week's mistakes, and them playing at home will make it tougher for us," he said.

Inexperienced combinations in his side were contributing factors to the Argentine loss.

"The moment you get to 10-11 Test matches you can stop saying it is nerves.

"I think it is nerves for a few of the guys and I am not making excuses for them because we are just as involved and should be experienced enough to help those guys through. For a few of those guys it was their first Test away from home in that hostile environment," he said.

Because of the loss Erasmus had been forced to rethink his plans and may prove more conservative in his approach in Australia.

"When you lose, the pressure is more. Everyone always says 'we are building', but we must win, and if you lose, there is pressure no matter who you lose to. The pressure is on us to perform better and to win," he said.



The plan, after Argentina, had been to make quite a few changes in order to test a few things without making the team less effective or disrespecting Australia.

"But we have put ourselves in a position where we have to win at all costs. We will definitely experiment less than we would have but there will be a few changes.

"When I say experimenting, it is not recklessly taking one player who is 10 times worse or better than another and putting him in there. It is not experimenting for the sake of it. It is trying to find out who our best guys in each position are and who works well with who," he said.

South Africa have added former Sevens wing Cheslin Kolbe for the squad. He is one of six changes to the side with mid-fielders Jesse Kriel and Damian de Allende, halfback Ross Cronje, hooker Schalk Brits and loose forward Sikhumbuze Notshe coming in.