SA u20s: lack of basic skills, says Mexted

2011-06-27 00:00

CAPE TOWN — A lack of basic skills could be blamed for the Baby Boks’ failure to reach the top four at the recent IRB junior World Championship.

Former All Black eightman, Murray Mexted believes SA could lose their status as one of world rugby’s powerhouses if they don’t drastically improve the skills of their young players.

Mexted was at the International Rugby Academy’s development camp in Rustenburg last week.

He believes that young South African players possess the necessary physical and psychological requirements, but there’s a “shocking lack of basic skills”.

“We practised skills and the standard was much lower than it should be.

“There must be better development of skills among junior [South African] players, and not only the physical development that’s currently taking place,” said Mexted.

The Baby Boks are in excellent shape and the average weight of the players has increased from 94,4 kg in 2010 to 98,9 kg this year.

But, despite their impressive physical characteristics, the Baby Boks lacked basic finishing and good structure, especially during open play in their recent games.

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