Boks unlikely to shuffle

2013-08-21 00:00

THE most pleasing feature of the Springboks’ lopsided win over the Pumas at Soccer City was their ability to score tries from turnovers, assistant coach John McFarland said in Buenos Aires yesterday.

McFarland said there had been a steady improvement in the Springboks’ play since June. “We really pride ourselves on our defence and it would’ve been ideal if we did not concede that final try [scored on the final hooter by Argentina].

“But our physicality, our play at the breakdown and the ability to use our defence as a weapon and score from turnovers showed there has been a real improvement this year. We have become quite good at scoring tries from turnovers,” McFarland said.

There are no serious injuries to concern coach Heyneke Meyer and he is expected to name the same match squad of 23, with the exception of the one change on the bench where scrumhalf Jano Vermaak will replace the unavailable Fourie du Preez.

Meyer said the focus this week would be cutting back on the mistakes they made during their 73-13 win at Soccer City, and maintaining their excellent disciplinary record.

“I was very happy with our discipline — we conceded only four penalties against Argentina,” said Meyer. “There has been a steady improvement in our on-field discipline in the June Tests and it’s something we’re really putting a lot of emphasis on.

“When you get a good win, you almost have to be more critical on your play and we learnt a lot from the match at Soccer City.

“We also wanted to be clinical, use our drive and tire them out before the replacements came on to make a massive impact. But we will keep our feet firmly on the ground. This Test is now something of the past and it’s the next game that counts.”

Meyer said the Boks wanted to show that they can also play well on the road.

New Zealander Steve Walsh, now based in Australia, will referee the Test.

Kick-off on Saturday is at 9.10 pm (SA time).

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