South Africa boss Rassie Erasmus anticipating some surprises from Warren Gatland

Rassie Erasmus believes the presence of members of Scotland’s teaching workers within the British and Irish Lions workers means Warren Gatland has ‘one thing up his sleeve’; Watch each match from the British and Irish Lions’ tour to South Africa completely reside on Sky Sports activities this summer time

Final Up to date: 29/05/21 10:38pm

Rassie Erasmus overcame Warren Gatland’s Wales within the semi-finals of the 2019 World Cup on his method to main the Springboks to the title

Rassie Erasmus believes that outdated rival Warren Gatland is plotting a number of tactical surprises for the British and Irish Lions tour to South Africa.

Erasmus coached in opposition to Gatland’s Wales on three events, dropping the primary two earlier than masterminding a 19-16 victory within the 2019 World Cup semi-final with the Springboks occurring to be topped world champions.

The necessity to match South Africa bodily whereas additionally providing a leading edge in assault has formed Gatland’s squad choice, however Erasmus suspects the New Zealander can also be getting ready an ambush for the Take a look at sequence.

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“We’re not buddies. I do not go and have a BBQ with him after I see him, however he’s a man that I’ve at all times felt has the proper intention with teaching,” SA Rugby director of rugby Erasmus mentioned.

“There’s by no means a bizarre, humorous feeling after a match – lose or win. I take pleasure in him as an individual and I feel we’ve very related mindset when it comes to teaching and that is why it is at all times such a bizarre tussle after we play.

“The best way Warren has picked his Lions squad, his backline, his help workers and assistant coaches with Gregor Townsend in there, I feel he has one thing up his sleeve.

Steve Tandy and Gregor Townsend (left and right) are in Warren Gatland's coaching team

Steve Tandy and Gregor Townsend (left and proper) are in Warren Gatland’s teaching staff

“I do not suppose we are going to see the battle of attrition and grinding it out like within the World Cup. I feel he has different plans.

“I feel we are going to see a change in his recreation plan, however he would possibly simply be throwing us some bait, I am unsure.

“Ending with two Highveld video games and the unfastened forwards that he has picked, I feel he has a number of plans.”

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