‘Ireland are tactically astute’ – Mtawarira

Veteran Springboks prop Beast Mtawarira has warned his team-mates that Ireland are an intelligent side who will find a way to unsettle the two-time world champions when they face off in their upcoming three- Test series.

The last time these sides met – At the Aviva Stadium in Dublin in 2014 – the Springboks were too confident in their approach with captain Jean de Villiers opting to go for line-out after lineout rather than take the three points on offer, while Ireland chose to go for poles with every given opportunity.

This resulted in Ireland winning 29-15 with fly-half Johnny Sexton finishing with six kicks from six which gave him a 16-point tally.

Mtawarira told Sport24 that past results will have little impact on the result of the three match Test series.

“"What’s in the past is in the past. It’s a new era now," he said.

Mtawarira feels Ireland will try to find a way to disrupt the Boks game-plan.

"The Irish are very clever rugby players," added the 30-year-old.

"From that Test I remember them pulling away from the mauls and coming and tackling the guy at the back who was holding the ball … really combatting us at what we were good at.”

"But everything is at a new stage now and we can’t really go in with preconceived ideas."