Boks can beat Kiwis, says Div

2013-10-13 14:00

When a team is repeatedly defeated, that repetition becomes a habit.

This is true of the Springboks who, under Heyneke Meyer, have a zero-from-four record against the All Blacks.

According to his predecessor Peter de Villiers, the Boks will not beat New Zealand until they start treating them like any other test side they face.

Having beaten the All Blacks four times out of nine, including three consecutive wins in 2009, De Villiers has a leg to stand on.

The Sharks’ new director of rugby, Jake White, won the Rugby World Cup in his four-year tenure but he drew a blank when it came to winning a test match in New Zealand.

De Villiers, who is fondly known as Div, said: “Before the Springboks understand that the All Blacks are just a rugby team, they will never beat them.

“They often say: ‘This is the biggest game of my life. I’m honoured to be part of the All Black challenge.’ That is a bottle of sh*t.

“There is nothing that separates us from the All Blacks on the field, it’s just off the field.”

He added that to beat the Kiwis the Boks need to stick to what works for them instead of emulating the other team.

The mental space of the team needs to be that of a collective effort for the nation rather than individual output.

“They are just another rugby team whose strengths and weaknesses have to be analysed and you work out how you are going to play them.

“Teams have to believe in their structures but one thing I can say is that it’s never easy to beat them.

“You have to do it for your country and not yourself. That is the biggest inspiration you can have as a player, but then everybody needs to be on the same page,” said De Villiers.

The Boks face a stiff challenge in their end-of-year tour to Europe, which will not involve a trip to Twickenham to face England for the first time since 2007.

Trips to Cardiff, Edinburgh and Paris await the Boks next month when they face Wales, Scotland and Ireland on successive weekends.

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