Rugby Championship

Defence is Boks' Achilles heel

2013-10-07 14:45
Heyneke Meyer (Gallo Images)
Cape Town - The Springboks know they have to improve their defence if they are to stand a chance of beating the All Blacks in future.

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The Boks conceded five tries in their 38-27 loss to the Kiwis at Ellis Park on Saturday - a win which enabled the All Blacks to successfully defend their Rugby Championship title.

According to the Cape Times, the Boks missed 30 of 91 attempted tackles for a success ratio of only 67%.

While the Kiwis were asked to make many more tackles - 156 - they missed only 22 - an 86% success ratio.

All the All Blacks' tries came from missed Springbok tackles and coach Heyneke Meyer admitted it was hugely disappointing, adding  they 'weren't accurate' and 'didn't keep their lines'.

Wing Bryan Habana, who scored the Boks' first two tries before leaving the field with a hamstring injury, agreed with his coach.

He said their defensive standards were poor and that you can't expect to win big games if your defence is not up to scratch.


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