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Willemse beats Steyn for sheer enthusiasm of youth ahead of a series in which physicality, intensity and tempo will contribute handsomely to the victor. Photo: Gallo
Willemse beats Steyn for sheer enthusiasm of youth ahead of a series in which physicality, intensity and tempo will contribute handsomely to the victor. Photo: Gallo

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Although it had been used as a one-off tactic before by teams the world over (think of Heyneke Meyer’s Bulls sporadically fielding a forward in the number 22 jersey), the Springboks turned it into a full-time attacking strategy during the 2019 Rugby World Cup, to the point that it almost felt as if they’d patented it.

And given that the Boks hadn’t played in 20 months before the first test against Georgia three weekends ago, the assumption was that new head coach Jacques Nienaber had simply not had enough time to evolve his team’s set-up from being heavily forwards oriented.

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