Oz pose fresh challenge - Div

2010-08-23 17:44

Town - Springbok coach Peter de Villiers says Australia will provide his team with “a different challenge” to the All Blacks when the two teams meet in a Vodacom Tri-Nations match at Loftus Versfeld in Pretoria on Saturday.

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Having surrendered the Tri-Nations title to the All Blacks at the weekend, the Boks have switched their focus to performing well in their final two Tests against the Wallabies, in Pretoria on Saturday and in Bloemfontein next week.

“The Wallabies approach the game with a different mindset,” de Villiers said.

“They do not have the same physical presence as the All Blacks and unlike the All Blacks they will not try to take the ball wide whenever they get the chance.

“They will rely on the a player like Quade Cooper to use the inside ball to bring big runners like Rocky Elsom into the game. We also cannot ignore the impact of David Pocock at the breakdown. He will definitely be a factor.

“We will continue to focus on what we must do and how we want to play. We let ourselves down last weekend but if we can stay within our structures and limit the mistakes and lapses we will be successful”.

De Villiers added he was not concerned over the fitness of his players. “It is true that our guys were tired towards the end of the All Black game,” he said. “But that was from them having to make a lot more tackles in a very high intensity game. Stats that we have from our GPS system show that this was our highest intensity game to date. The pace was the fastest we've had and the intensity of the collisions was the highest too,” he said.

The Bok coach added that his players had “moved on” from the disappointment of the 22-29 loss in the final seconds of the game against the All Blacks.

“It was painful but we have to lift ourselves up again. When I looked at the video I realized how proud these players are and how they stood up for me and the team. I feel good about that,” de Villiers said.


  • Pappa Smurf - 2010-08-23 18:48

    Daardie snor is awesome!

  • thomas kiwi - 2010-08-24 01:21

    Do not despair - SA is a proud and determined nation and will win both matches against Australia. Change your coach - (clearly out of his depth) , replace old and tired players - ( adapting to the new law interpretations - means having more mobile players, not gym junkie behemoths.) . South Africa are our greatest rivals and the team the AB'S fear - yet love to play the most. It is sad to see a country of such naturally talented runners and ball players sticking with the mentality of the past. The game has changed and the two greatest and proudest rugby nations need to be setting the standard - ( put racial divisions/internal politics aside). Growing up in NZ, there was always an aura about the springboks, an almost mythical opponent of immense size and strength - rarely seen because of apartheid, yet firmly respected as the great foe. I have digressed somewhat from the article written above, but Australia (Robbie Deans or not), will be swept aside. They lack depth and their tight five is vastly inferior to both the SA and AB'S. SA by 13+, but that does not change my views on the above regarding Coach and players and my fear is that two comfortable wins will reinforce the current mindset and vindicate the coach - (selections.) Good luck SA - Thomas.

  • NZKiwi - 2010-08-24 10:22

    Quade is going to be the point of difference.

  • skywalker - 2010-08-24 12:09

    How high did Ricky Januarie stand..? soon as he took to the field one could see the indifference of the Bok backline....and 2 tries were scored. He can't even make his provincial bench anymore,so I ask you,what is he doing in a Springbok jersey..?...except costing the Boks points when they can least afford it. Deans just has to take a look at the team sheet and say "No worries mates,we will win the game as soon as Januarie comes on" The circus continues.....

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