Springboks sticking to game plan against Wallabies

2013-09-24 16:30

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Springbok loose forward Siya Kolisi said the team had various facets of the game to improve on as they head into their key Rugby Championship clash against the Wallabies at Newlands on Saturday.

Nothing but a win will do for the Springboks to ensure their survival in the Rugby Championship with New Zealand playing Argentina on Sunday morning (SA time).

An All Black bonus point win coupled by a South African loss will see New Zealand retain The Rugby Championship.

“We slipped up on our one-on-one tackles and our kicking game can improve. If the latter gets better we can put ourselves into excellent positions and make them count,” Kolisi said.

“We are just going to stay with our game plan but a win will be just perfect for us. A bonus point will be a massive bonus. We will just focus on what we have to do, stick to our systems and believe in our systems.”

Any Australian clash will involve an almighty breakdown battle, but it was a facet in which the Springboks thoroughly outplayed them during the 38-12 Brisbane romp.

That was down to a superb collective effort by the Bok tight five, which could have the same make-up when the team is announced tomorrow. Bok coach Heyneke Meyer did allude to the fact that there will not be a change to their current system but Kolisi had nothing but praise for Richie Gray, their breakdown guru whom he says has had a big influence in their improvement in this crucial aspect.

The Boks have never been so streetwise and savvy at the breakdown.

“Every week we are working hard at the breakdown and we want to improve on the breakdown. Our new coach (Gray) is working us quite hard,” Kolisi said.

“We know it’s one of the most important facets of the game and if we can give our backs quicker and cleaner ball, we all know what they are capable of. We know they can do a lot of good things. To match our performances from the other games, more emphasis will be put on it.

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