Rugby Championship

Habana on where Boks can improve

2014-09-01 13:34
Bryan Habana (Gallo Images)
Cape Town - Springbok wing Bryan Habana says the team needs to pick up its work-rate and intensity when they face the Wallabies in Perth on Saturday.

After two rounds, the Springboks lead the Rugby Championship standings after two wins against Argentina in Pretoria and Salta.

However, South Africa will be disappointed with their performances so far as they struggled against the Pumas. They only managed a 13-6 win in tough conditions at Loftus Versfeld, before sneaking a 33-31 victory in the reverse fixture in South America.

The Springboks will face the Wallabies (September 6) and All Blacks (September 13) on their Australasian tour.

Habana admitted that there needs to be an overall improvement if they want to stand a chance of victory against the Wallabies this weekend.

"As a team, we are quite disappointed with our last game against Argentina in Salta," Habana told the MyPlayers website. "Although we showed great character in winning a game in which we were outplayed in many facets, there is a lot to work on leading up to the next Test against the Wallabies.

"Australia, as a team, will also be looking to bounce back after suffering a heavy defeat against New Zealand. Our work-rate against Argentina was not great and we will have to pick up the intensity a lot if we want to try and be more competitive against the Wallabies.

"We also struggled to get going from first phase and didn’t at all look convincing in most of our general play, so again, a lot of improvement is needed there. There are also a couple of things to work on defensively as conceding three tries is not the standard we have set for ourselves."

Saturday's clash at Patersons Stadium in Perth kicks off at 12:05 (SA time).
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