Rugby World Cup 2011

Jake: Bok defence needs work

2011-08-22 11:16
Jake White (File)





Cape Town - Former Springbok coach Jake White has warned the Boks that they will need to improve their defence to stand a chance of winning the Rugby World Cup.

Click to BUY the Rugby World Cup Final 2007 DVD

Peter de Villiers’s team put in a courageous performance to beat a weakened New Zealand side by 13 points at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium in Port Elizabeth on Saturday, in what was their last game before the World Cup.

The Boks conceded only five points and scored 18, but had their first line of defence breached regularly during the game and were forced to make several last-ditch, try-saving tackles.

Speaking on his website Rugbyxv.co.za, White praised the Boks for their commitment, but said they would not be as fortunate during the World Cup and advised the team to shore up its defence.

“The positive was we only conceded five points against those attacking players. Henry said a lack of execution and maturity once they'd made the linebreak cost them, and he was right,” said White.

“We'll have to tighten our first phase defence, because you won't always get away with it and we won't always be able to scramble to that effect. In a different game, the opposition will finish.

“World Cups are won on defence and (Graham) Henry praised the Bok defence, especially the physicality and passion. But we won't be allowed that much leeway every weekend, because the All Blacks did everything right except finish.”

White coached the Springboks to victory in the 2007 World Cup and is currently employed by Australian Super Rugby franchise, the Brumbies.

 

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
90 comments
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining
Live Video Streaming
Video Highlights
Sport Talk
 
Teams

Pool A

 
 
 
 

Pool B

 
 
 
 

Pool C

 
 
 
 

Pool D

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Tank Lanning

Lessons learnt from RWC 2011

2011-10-26 16:45

A few vital life lessons from Tank Lanning's recent trip to New Zealand for the Rugby World Cup quarter and semi-finals. Read More

 
Rugby World Cup Wallpapers

Download your favourite RWC wallpaper here

 
Weather

Auckland

Friday

Partly cloudy. Mild.

Low
High

13°C
18°C

Current Conditions
 
Vote

Taking into account where it will be held, the likely player retirements and new coaches in charge, which team looks best-placed to mount a challenge to the All Blacks at the 2015 Rugby World Cup in England?

 
 

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.