Rugby World Cup 2011

Div defends Bok game plan

2011-08-29 22:04
Peter de Villiers (File)

Cape Town - Springbok coach Peter de Villiers is not worried about a lack of invention in his team's game plan as they head into the World Cup.

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The coach promised the Boks would play a more attractive brand when he took over the reigns in January 2008, after Jake White's contract was not renewed after winning the 2007 World Cup.

But that promise has come to nought, with the South Africans still employing a conservative, risk-free approach of kick, chase and defend.

However, criticism against his dull approach does not bother De Villiers in the slightest. In fact, he believes the Boks' two main contenders - the Wallabies and the All Blacks - have also not evolved much in their game plans over the last four years.

"There was not really anything new in the way the Wallabies or the All Blacks have played over the last four years," De Villiers told the Beeld newspaper.

"The Wallabies brought in two new moves from the scrums, with one of the moves from a middle-scrum (position).

"The All Blacks have brought in one new move, also from a scrum. Therefore, I am not worried that we have fallen behind. In fact, I believe we have exactly the right pattern for the tournament," said De Villiers.

The coach also said that they have put their recent 18-5 victory over New Zealand behind them and are now fully focusing on the World Cup.

He says everything worked out 100% for them, and apart from some injuries, he is "a very satisfied coach".


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