Rugby Championship

Mitchell questions Boks' belief

2013-08-29 21:30
John Mitchell (Gallo Images)

Johannesburg - Do the Springboks have enough belief to win both tests in Australasia?

The Boks leave on Saturday for Brisbane, where they will face the Wallabies on September 7, and then move on to Auckland to take on World Champions New Zealand a week later at Eden Park.

"I don’t know if there is enough belief at the moment in the Boks to win both.

"But I guess they don’t have those deposits just yet and that is why this particular trip is so important for the Boks.

"Defensively they’re going to have work very hard because the Aussie backs will pick on weak defenders and move the ball laterally.

"The Aussies would have noticed that and it will be interesting to see if they move the ball to that side more often or not.

"Then the alertness of Willie le Roux, if he is selected, to track the attacker on his inside shoulder and use the touchline as his friend.

"That is worth consideration.

"You have to shore up the potential weaknesses and the area that has defensively got indecision about it or poor execution of tackle.

And at the breakdown, the very real threat of Michael Hooper stands out.

"He is very good," Mitchell said of Hooper.

"The Boks are very threat focused as opposed to securing their ball first and winning the space.

"They will look to get quicker ball, they will probably bring a bit more support back inside the ball carrier.

"They have the ability to arch out and come back straight and they will pick on some of the bigger Boks forwards in that kick-chase line.

The Boks re-assemble on Thursday in Johannesburg and leave on Saturday evening for Brisbane.


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