Pienaar 'will be fit'
The South African coach Kitch Christie insisted yesterday that their captain, Francois Pienaar, would be fit to lead the Springboks into the World Cup next week. A fitness test on Pienaar's hamstring was abandoned because of rain, but Christie said the flanker would be ready for the opening match against Australia on Thursday. "He's had a slight hamstring twinge, but he's fine," Christie said. "We didn't have snorkels and masks so we gave the training session a miss." The England A coach, Mike Slemen, claimed there was room for improvement from his men - despite seeing them overwhelm South Australia in their opening tour match in Adelaide yesterday. Derek Eves and Jim Naylor both scored two tries as the tourists romped home 66-9, but Slemen said: "We made too many mistakes."Reuse content