Rugby

Mexted: SA juniors lack skills

2011-06-26 17:10
Murray Mexted (Gallo Images)
Marco Botha

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.

And former All Black eightman, Murray Mexted, believes South Africa 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 feels that young South African players possess the necessary physical and psychological requirements, but there's a "shocking lack of basic skills".

"We practiced skills and the standard was much lower than it should be. Some players could only execute one type of pass - and that wasn't the most accurate one.

"There must be better development of skills amongst junior (South African) players, and not only the physical development that's currently taking place," said Mexted, amongst other things referring to the first day of the camp.

The Baby Boks are in excellent shape and the average weight of the players has increased from 94.4kg in 2010 to 98.9kg 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.
 

NEXT ON SPORT24X

Hartley sees red for elbow

2014-12-20 19:51

 

Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
52 comments
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining
Live Video Streaming
  • Blitz
    Mon, 24 Nov 2014 @00:00
  • SS1
    Mon, 24 Nov 2014 @01:00
  • SS2
    Mon, 24 Nov 2014 @02:00
  • SS3
    Mon, 24 Nov 2014 @03:00
Video Highlights
Sport Talk

 

Joburg hot spots for cocktails, craft beer, tapas and wine!

It’s the season to be jolly – so we’ve rounded up some new Joburg hot spots!

 
 

I love summer.24

Christmas lingerie to make this festive season the best one ever!
13 things you might not know about Disneyland
The craziest deaths of 2014
How to make this a sensual, sexy summer!
 
 
/Sport
Men
Women
Love 2 Meet
English Premiership flutter

Take Sport24's "expert" tips at your peril...

Featured

Got something you'd like to get off your chest? Got a burning desire to air an opinion? If so, be sure to sign-up on Sport24's FORUM!

Latest blogs
Vote

The five candidates for SA Player of the Year have been revealed. Who gets your vote?

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

Newsletters Sign up for the Morning Glory, Super 15 and Soccer newsletters

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

Mobile Sport24 on your mobile phone - WAP, alerts, downloads, services

Forum Have your Say on Sport24's brand new Forum!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

iPhone Latest Sport24 news on your iPhone

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

Blogs Yes your opinion counts. Get it out there

 
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.