Baa-Baas coach hopes to succeed where England failed
Barbarians coach Nick Mallett is expecting a physical encounter against South Africa on Saturday, and hopes to cope with the challenge better than England.
The former Springboks boss, who is currently the coach of Italy, has six Wallabies and five All Blacks at his disposal for the contest at Twickenham.
And he hopes to take a lesson from South Africa’s recent 21-11 defeat of England, who were unable to recreate the free-flowing brand of ruby they produced when beating Australia.
“When England played Australia it looked like a southern hemisphere match. England were playing like a southern hemisphere team and they were better at it than Australia on that day,” Mallett said.
“They took Australia by surprise, but once they had done that South Africa looked at it and said, ‘We don’t want to get into that type of game. They are probably just as good as us at it.’
“The physicality of South Africa is very hard to play against. You never come out of a game against South Africa feeling comfortable.”
Barbarians: 15 James O’Connor, 14 Joe Rokocoko, 13 Adam Ashley-Cooper, 12 Ma’a Nonu, 11 Drew Mitchell, 10 Matt Giteau (c), 9 Will Genia, 8 Colin Bourke, 7 Martyn Williams, 6 Rodney So’oialo, 5 Chris Jack, 4 Anton van Zyl, 3 Neemia Tialata, 2 Stephen Moore, 1 Salvatore Perugini.
Replacements: 16 Keven Mealamu, 17 John Yapp, 18 Quintin Geldenhuys, 19 Daniel Braid, 20 Andy Ellis, 21 Stephen Donald, 22 Seru Rabini.
South Africa: 15 Patrick Lambie, 14 Odwa Ndungane, 13 Adi Jacobs, 12 Andries Strauss, 11 Lwazi Mvovo, 10 Elton Jantjies, 9 François Hougaard, 8 Ryan Kankowski, 7 Juan Smith (c), 6 Willem Alberts, 5 Alistair Hargreaves, 4 Bakkies Botha, 3 CJ van der Linde, 2 Adriaan Strauss, 1 Coenie Oosthuizen.
Replacements: 16 Bandise Maku, 17 Tendai Mtawarira, 18 Werner Kruger, 19 Flip van der Merwe, 20 Keegan Daniel, 21 Charl McLeod, 22 Gio Aplon.
Lovell Rugby Prediction- Barbarians to win by 14 Points. Whats your predictions?