Strauss refuses to rise to Jones bait


Adriaan Strauss said South Africa have no interest in jibes from England head coach Eddie Jones ahead of Saturday's Test at Twickenham.

Jones described the challenge his England side face against the Springboks as like a game of "chess with steroids".

Never one to shy away from the mind games, Jones suggested that South Africa are one-dimensional as England eye a first win over the Springboks for a decade.

But South Africa captain Strauss refused to rise to the bait on the eve of the game.

"That's a very interesting statement," the hooker said when asked about the Australian's comments. "We are moving towards a style we do want to play. We know we're not there yet.

"This is another opportunity to take a step closer. We do want to play a physical game - it's in South Africa's DNA and it's our brand of rugby. We also want to adapt and grow as a team. We've been doing that this year.

"We haven't executed it that well but we are growing as a team. I don't know, I haven't read and heard everything he [Jones] said but we know what we want to do so that's where the focus is.

"We won't get swept up by comments from our opposition."

Strauss also stressed that South Africa's long unbeaten run will count for nothing when the two sides lock horns in London this weekend.

"Over the last couple of years we have gained a bit of confidence overseas playing in the northern hemisphere but it's a new chapter, it's not going to help us on the day," Strauss said when asked whether England's 10-year wait for a win over South Africa will be a factor.