And Joubert â00 known as the â00Rolls Royceâ00 of fullbacks in his heyday â00 is concerned that this weekendâ00s meeting between the world champions and their famous opponents could head the same way as 1997; due, mainly, to the Boksâ00 recent inactivity.
â00The big pressure the Boks will face is that they have not effectively played together since last yearâ00s tour (of Wales, Scotland and England),â0 said Joubert.
â00Donâ00t get me wrong, the Lions are a well-drilled unit, but my biggest worry is that, aside from that one game against Namibia last month, the Boks have not played together â00 as a team â00 for some time.â0
Interestingly, in 1997 the Springboks had a warm-up Test against Tonga 11 days before the first Test â00 a game the Boks won 74-10, before losing 16-25 to the Lions â00 but Joubert was quick to cease all talk of that series.
â00A lot of people are still talking about 1997 and about revenge and all kinds of things, but I think everyone needs to put that series behind them,â0 said the 1995 World Cup-winning fullback.
â00Plenty has changed since then, but the fact remains; the Lions have had six matches and the Boks â00 without all their Bulls â00 have had one game together in the last month. That is my only concern at this stage â00 it has nothing to do with history.â0
Andre Joubert (front left) tasted Test defeat against the Lions 12 years ago
But looking at the Bok line-up that was announced on Tuesday, Joubert seemed happy enough with Peter de Villiersâ00s selection â00 except in his former position, with World Cup-winning inside centre Frans Steyn being handed the No.15 shirt.
â00I would have chosen Stefan TerblanchÃ© at fullback,â0 said the 34-Test veteran.
â00Frans Steyn, for all his potential, is a bit too selfish for my liking; he tries to do too much on his own at times. I really do hope he proves me wrong, but I wouldâ00ve liked to have seen TerblanchÃ© in the No.15 jerseyâ0¦ or maybe even Ruan Pienaar, who played there at the 2007 World Cup (against Tonga).â0
And looking at the rest of the South African teamsheet, Joubert added: â00I know some people believe Jaque Fourie should be starting at outside centre ahead of Adrian Jacobs, but Adi was a star last year and he backed that up again for the Sharks during the Super 14.â0
Joubert, 45, played all his professional rugby for the Sharks and still resides in Durban where he ended his career after the 1999 Currie Cup Final at his beloved ABSA Stadium.
â00Iâ00ll be there on Saturday, supporting the Boks,â0 he said, â00Iâ00m taking my son to his first Test; Iâ00m not sure whoâ00s more excited!â0
And as for a Test series prediction, Joubert replied: â00Their lack of game time aside, I am tipping the Boks to take it.
â00To me, Brian Oâ00Driscoll is the Lionsâ00 outstanding player and their key man. I donâ00t think they have a particularly star-studded line-up, which makes them a dangerous proposition because they play as a teamâ0¦they tend to play for each other and because Oâ00Driscoll has been around for so long, he fits into their gameplan so easily.
â00Their biggest chance (to win) will be on Saturday, but the Boks are capable of bouncing back from being one-nil down in the series. Theyâ00re always a dangerous outfit and itâ00s not for nothing that weâ00re the current world champions.â0