RWC: de villiers confident

2011-09-01 00:00

CAPE TOWN — Despite a recent lack of scoring tries, Springbok centre Jean de Villiers is confident they will cross the whitewash more often during the Rugby World Cup in New Zealand.

The Boks have failed to score a try in their last two Tri-Nations encounters against the Wallabies and the All Blacks, and have relied heavily on the boot of flyhalf Morné Steyn.

But De Villiers is not worried, and says the senior backline players are confident that they will score more tries during the tournament.

“There’s too much talent,” the 69-Test veteran said.

In fact, the Stormers midfield man feels their attacking prowess did, in part, contribute to putting the team in a position where Steyn could punish the opposition with his boot.

“I do think the attack contributed to create those pressure situations from where we could score points via Morné,” said De Villiers.

However, he does admit that they are still well off their best, but is nevertheless confident that things will work in New Zealand.

“Our tactical kicking and our attack have not combined well together yet. And to be honest, once we find that balance, I can’t see how any other team could beat us.

“The balance is nearly there and it will happen, there’s just too much talent for it not to happen,” said De Villiers.

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