“It hurt the first week, and you process that,” said Savea. “But it helps being away in a different country, there are no distractions, you can just get the mahi going. It’s nerve-racking, but we’re excited for the challenge, and chance to get out there and rectify a few things.
“The challenge, the amount of pressure that comes, that’s something we love to walk towards. This week probably won't be any different, and will probably be more. That’s cool. I can’t wait to get out here and get going.”
That challenge is all too familiar. The Springboks have a template that only allows for tiny alteration and Savea and Co know they will need to match the home team's physicality if they are going to make inroads.
“There’s a lot that goes into it but we’ve got to turn up physically. We know how the Springboks play, the physicality they bring, the skill set. We’ve had time to take a deep look at ourselves, so we can put a performance out there we’re proud of.”