South Africa's Botha declares himself '100 per cent' fit for Australia clash
South Africa lock Bakkies Botha says he is fit to return to the Springboks' line-up for the quarter-final against Asustralia, after missing the clash with Samoa through injury.
Botha declared himself '100 per cent' for the quarter-final in Wellington, after limping off in the second half of his side's 87-0 walloping of Namibia in Pool C on September 22.
But having watched his side play the likes of Samoa and Wales in two incredibly physical battles, the South African lock describe his World Cup as a 'frustrating' so far.
"When I was sitting on the sidelines, I just wanted to take off my number one jacket and get stuck into it," he said.
"It's somewhat frustrating at this moment, especially being a World Cup when the big battles come - it's my last one."
"I'm taking it now as it comes. It's definitely so far been a frustrating World Cup for me but as long as I can give something back for the South African team and be a part of the bigger picture then I'll be happy."
"I'm feeling good as long as I can get onto the pitch. At the end of the day, selection depends on the coach who picks the best team, who is ready. I'm fairly confident."
Botha praised Australia coach Robbie Deans for transforming the Wallabies' forward pack: "Robbie Deans really took over the Aussie pack," he said.
"Definitely, physically wise, they have picked up very much. We saw during the Tri Nations series and all the Tests they're involved in, especially coming into the World Cup as well."
"They're definitely a much more physical side than three to four years ago. You can't play good Test rugby if you haven't got a pack that dominates physically. But definitely they've picked up and this weekend coming is going to be a physical battle as well."
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