Kvesic: 'Saxons must match physicality'

  • Matt Kvesic looks ahead to second Test against South Africa A
  • England Saxons lead the two-Test tour 1-0

England Saxons back row Matt Kvesic believes the squad will have to match the physicality brought from South Africa A to secure the Test series this weekend.

The Saxons beat South Africa A 24-32 in Bloemfontein last Friday in the first of a two-Test series and Kvesic is seeking an England white-wash.

“They’ll come at us this week really physically,” said Kvesic. “We gave them some cheap yards in the maul so I think they’ll come and maul us and physically dominate us up front.

“So as a forward pack we’ll make sure we’re nice and physical and match whatever they bring.”

The openside flanker played the whole first Test against South Africa A and was happy to seize his opportunity, despite the demanding conditions.

“Getting 80 minutes last week was really good, it was horrible because it was at altitude but good to get game time under the belt.”

Kvesic played 26 games for Gloucester last season and despite his inclusion in the England senior squad for training in Brighton and the Old Mutual Wealth Cup against Wales on 29 May, he joined up with the Saxons to tour South Africa.

“I’ve spoken a few times with Eddie (Jones) about the parts of my game I need to work on and what I don’t need to. I think it would be nice to get my hands on the ball in an attacking area and win some collisions,” said Kvesic.

In their first Test the Saxons took a 19-point lead into half time but only held on to win the match by eight points.

“We need to make sure we start the second half well and if we’re in a similar position than we were in the last game then try and cement our lead.  We could be a little bit more structured in our attack,” added Kvesic.