Rugby Championship

Breakdown battle lines drawn

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Johannesburg - The breakdown will be a key area when the Springboks take on the All Blacks in their Rugby Championship title decider at Ellis Park on Saturday, Springbok forward coach Johann van Graan said.

"Both teams are very good at the breakdowns on attack and defence.

"After scrums, it is where the most penalties are conceded," Van Graan said in Johannesburg on Tuesday.

"The message is always the same.

"In the last three Tests, we conceded fewer penalties than our opposition.

"We had Nigel for two matches last year - in Perth against Australia and England at Twickenham - so we know what he is about.

"Once you get onto the field, you can’t control anything.

"Both teams have shown that we like playing open, attacking rugby... it is easier for the referee, but I can assure you Saturday will be a dogfight."

 

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