Boks aim to be unbeatable in SA – De Villiers

2012-06-15 15:12

The Springbok victory over England last Saturday was only the first step in the process of becoming unbeatable on South African soil, says Bok captain Jean de Villiers.

“Our goal is hopefully to win every game we play in South Africa and get a good record going,” he said.

“It is obviously much easier said than done and I don’t think we are looking at the end goal, we are looking at the process and the first step in that process is winning this weekend.”

While the victory last Saturday was mission accomplished for the Boks, De Villiers felt the side had much to improve on for this weekend’s crucial clash in Johannesburg.

If the Boks clinch the series tomorrow with a victory, it will effectively leave the third and final match in Port Elizabeth a dead rubber.

Springbok coach Heyneke Meyer, however, will not be satisfied with anything less than a whitewash.

“The main thing for us is to improve on last week. We were happy to just get away with a win,” said De Villiers.

“Because the butterflies were there the guys were a bit nervous, including myself and the coach.”

He said the team was not happy with their performance in the first test.

“Now it’s a week later and we looked at the video and we’ve seen that there is a lot to improve on,” he said.

“We weren’t great on Saturday but we managed to get the win. We need to improve on our attack and our set phases can improve a lot.”

While the team has an eye on the results, they are aware that they need to make step-by-step improvements.

“It’s all about improving and taking an upward step as a team. That’s the main thing for us and hopefully, if we do that we’ll get the right result,” said the newly-appointed captain.

De Villiers admitted the preparations for the second test were better than the three days they had ahead of the Durban match.

“You could see this week it’s happening more naturally ... the calls come more naturally and you don’t need to think first before you make a call,” De Villiers said.

“Everything changed. The calling patterns take a while to get used to and I feel this week at training it happened more instinctively.

"I believe when that happens, especially as a backline player, you start playing instinctively and when the calling comes through like that, it’s much easier to play.”

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