Rugby World Cup 2011

Div expects scrum onslaught

2011-08-30 07:31
Peter de Villiers (File)

Cape Town - The Springbok management won't try and overexert their players this week and will only start their tactical preparations for the first Rugby World Cup clash once they land in New Zealand.

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The Boks play their first match against Wales in Wellington on September 11.

Team doctor, Craig Roberts, told the Beeld newspaper the main aim this week will be to do as much aerobic exercise as possible.

The management did, however, made one exception to this rule when the Boks had a heavy scrum session in Johannesburg on Monday - under the guidance of forwards coach Gary Gold and technical advisor Rassie Erasmus.

This thus indicates a special need from coach Peter de Villeirs to put heavy emphasis on the Boks' effort at scrum time.

And De Villiers believes the Northern Hemisphere's teams will try and utilise the scrums as a weapon during the tournament.

"It is something they - due to the conditions - focus on more over there than we do here in the Southern Hemisphere.

"I expect those (Northern Hemisphere) teams to try and use it as a weapon," said De Villiers.

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