Springboks

Jean: Bok attack must improve

2011-09-15 07:30
Jean de Villiers (File)
Cape Town - Injured Springbok centre Jean de Villiers says they need to improve their attack if they are to mount a serious threat later on in the World Cup.

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De Villiers - who picked up a rib injury in South Africa's narrow win over Wales - says their 10 minutes of good play against the Dragons is not enough.

"We had two little periods of good rugby against Wales - five minutes in the first half in the lead-up to the (first) try and five minutes in the second half before the second try. So that's 10 minutes and we still beat them," De Villiers told Die Burger newspaper.

"If we can play rugby like that for 40 minutes, we will be much more effective.

"It's a compliment to our defensive system to tackle so much and still win, but it will become tough against a better attacking team."

There's the old adage that defence wins tournament's like World Cup's, which might count in South Africa's favour - a fact De Villiers acknowledged. But he still feels the Boks need to become more attack-orientated.

"Maybe it (the fact that defence is key in World Cups) suits us, but we must nevertheless pick up our attacking game, because its been poor in the last while," said De Villiers.

The Boks have struggled to cross the try-line recently. They failed to score a single try in any of their last two home matches in the Tri-Nations and scored only twice against the Welsh.

"At least we have won two out of those matches and that's a good statistic, but we have to improve if we want to be competitive during the knockout phases (of the World Cup)," said De Villiers.

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