Break ‘good for Boks’

2014-10-22 00:00

STELLENBOSCH — SA captain Jean de Villiers spoke about Monday afternoon’s start to the national training camp in Stellenbosch as the beginning of the build-up to next year’s World Cup, and if that was so, where it all began should end up being like chalk and cheese to where it will surely end.

Twickenham next November is what the Boks are aiming for, and it will doubtless be chilly and probably a little gloomy, as it so often is in London at that time of year.

Conditioning has been a big focus for the Boks this year, and according to De Villiers, this camp is the first time that the Boks are being able to get some conditioning in at this stage of the season.

Normally the Boks are involved in the Currie Cup now, but this time they’ve had a two-week break since the end of the Rugby Championship, and he reckons the time away has been enough to refresh the bodies and minds and prepare the players for what they will go through this week.

“I knew what was coming today [Monday], but I do feel refreshed and the break was good. You might say it isn’t a long time, but at this stage of the year two weeks off is perfect and it does make a difference,” said De Villiers.

The camp will continue through until Friday, but the first day was devoted to working on aspects of their attacking game, with conditioning incorporated around that.

De Villiers said the win last time out against the All Blacks had contributed to the positive atmosphere among the players as they regathered, but that no one was under any illusions that the performance was perfect.

“… There were a lot of positives and we won the game, but still, we made a lot of mistakes at Ellis Park. We still have to improve a hell of a lot to be successful on the end of year tour.”

The Boks leave SA on November 1 and open the tour against Ireland in Dublin on November 8, a week before the big match of the tour against Eng­land at Twickenham.

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