Erasmus to assess Bok options in third test

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South Africa's rugby team new coach Rassie Erasmus gestures during a media briefing in Johannesburg, South Africa, March 1, 2018. REUTERS/Siphiwe Sibeko

BLOEMFONTEIN (Reuters) – South Africa coach Rassie Erasmus will make changes for the third test against England in Cape Town on Saturday with the series wrapped up and next year’s World Cup very much on his mind.

The Springboks took a 2-0 lead in the three-test series with what turned out to be a comfortable 23-12 victory in Bloemfontein on Saturday, despite having to come back from an early deficit.

The Boks trailed 12-0 after 13 minutes, but seized control of the game, as they had the week before at Ellis Park when they roared back from 24-3 down to win 42-39.

“Being behind by only 12 points down and not 24 points helped a bit, but we got our composure back quicker than last week,” Erasmus said.

“There were still a lot of mistakes, but I thought the character the guys showed was enough to win the game. What the players learned last week and again this week will help them going into the future.

“But we don’t want to start like that again. Bad penalties that we gave away, bad discipline, a lot of things that we did wrong.

“Next week we want to try and win 3-0. But we will try a few new things because now we have the opportunity to put different guys in different positions under pressure.”

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