South Africa captain Siya Kolisi says they’re determined to cement themselves as the top-ranked rugby nation on the Rugby Championship following their 2019 World Cup triumph and most contemporary series victory over the British & Irish Lions.
Even when the Springboks beat the sector in Japan and closing weekend narrowly edged the touring Lions 2-1 in their three-Test series, they’ve performed second fiddle to New Zealand with intelligent a single success in the southern hemisphere championship over the closing eight years.
“If we had no COVID then closing 300 and sixty five days our aim used to be to be quantity one and constantly keep there,” acknowledged Kolisi on the eve of their Rugby Championship opener against Argentina on Saturday.
His aspect grasp been top of World Rugby’s rankings despite now not playing for 20 months from the World Cup steal except closing month thanks to the realm COVID-19 pandemic.
“To be quantity one, that is the force for us. We don’t favor to be a one-off winner after which recede,” he told a data convention on Friday.
But their top ranking will come below menace over the following couple of weeks as they exhaust on Argentina on successive weekends in Port Elizabeth after which whisk for 2 Assessments away against every of Australia and the All Blacks.
“We packed away the victory over the Lions on Saturday, we loved ourselves after the match nonetheless then Sunday we grasp been already engaged on the game against Argentina,” added Kolisi.
He’s one in all 5 gamers last from closing Saturday’s 19-16 steal over the Lions in a good-changed home crew to exhaust on the Pumas on Saturday.
“Here’s a very diversified space nonetheless we is now not going to prepare now not up to we did for the Lions. Now we grasp worked nicely this week on things particular for Argentina and to be particular we come by our game realizing going.
“It is also an limitless different for the blokes who are getting to delivery. These guys are hungry and wish to play and they’re going to lift an energy to the game.
“Final week is gone now, the Lions are gone nonetheless Argentina are right here now searching to show a degree,” the South Africa captain added.