Boks to target Roberts - Jean

2011-09-08 07:41

Cape Town - Springbok centre Jean de Villiers says they will have Wales inside centre Jamie Roberts firmly in their sights when they clash in their Rugby World Cup opener in Wellington on Sunday.

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De Villiers believes Roberts - incidentally his direct opponent for the game - is the key cog around who the Welsh attack is based.

"He is true quality and one of his team's strong points. He's one of the guys on who's number they push to go forward or to tighten things up and we've known that since the Lions tour of two year's ago," he told Die Burger newspaper.

Hence, De Villiers and his charges have paid extra attention to Wales' defensive pattern. "They mostly utilise the rush-defence, but they have a couple of defensive structures at their disposal.

"Nowadays, you get exposed to as much as three different defensive systems during a match and their one is very well worked out," said De Villiers.

The Stormers centre believes the tight defences in modern day rugby stems from the Rugby League code. "The Rugby League guys have brough structure to the defences. Previously, the attacks were structured, but it only recently did the defences also become better analysed."

It's thus also no surprise that Wales' defensive coach, Shaun Edwards, used to play the 13-man Rugby League code.

However, De Villiers is nevertheless still optimistic that fans can look forward to seeing some spectacular tries.

"They guys still score tries. I don't really believe that it's an impossible case to go and score tries. Our rugby code should delight the fans."

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  • Ulrich - 2011-09-08 08:03

    Play the mind games.

  • Anneleen - 2011-09-08 08:05

    Bokke, time to go hunting...have a good game-know your fans support you all the way...go BOKKE!!!!!

  • Bulldozer - 2011-09-08 08:08

    Overrated. Juan de Jongh is beter.

      Tools1 - 2011-09-08 08:15

      Only when the backline is very deep and he has space to launch an offensive run. But with little to no space I rate Jean, likewise on defence.

      jk - 2011-09-08 08:36

      he only steps inside and dont pass...

      Jenny - 2011-09-08 08:56

      JDJ is too predictable, never passes. Shouldnt play at 12. Pretty much the same as Olivier

      JohnnyBB - 2011-09-08 09:12

      ....Jean de Villiers can't tackle... ...highly overrated... ...just like the 10-year-losers-team....

  • SAFFA-CAT - 2011-09-08 08:25

    Today is candle lighting day. And for those who are religious, prayer day. I won't be praying for us to win the WC (I reckon God has enough of those requests, especially from NZ), I am praying for an injury free WC, and the safety of players. Jean old friend, you get a special prayer for an injury free World Cup. Go the Boks!!!! One more sleep til the Sipi Tau and Haka.

      Bulldozer - 2011-09-08 08:32

      Well said. May we have a serious injury free world cup and not too many referee blunders/issues.

      SAFFA-CAT - 2011-09-08 08:36

      @Lloyd - God does have a sense of I reckon we'll be seeing plenty ref blunders and stuff ups....(Hope not though...)

      gooinat - 2011-09-08 08:38

      And may Ace change he;s tune on Jean de Villiers:):):)God bless all the players!!!!!!!!!

      jk - 2011-09-08 08:38

      saffa- your prayer must still be pending...look at crock bakkies...what a joke!

      SAFFA-CAT - 2011-09-08 08:44

      @jk - read again. I am praying for a World Cup in which NO player, from ANY team is seriously injured (like in 1995..broken neck remember that? The Tongan player). Jean gets a special prayer because the cruelty of him missing a 3rd world cup would be too much to handle.

      Bulldozer - 2011-09-08 08:49

      If only jk's abortion was a success. Sigh....

      jk - 2011-09-08 10:13

      jean will at least come home with the team after the group matches...

  • Drewka - 2011-09-08 08:30

    Bad photo.... He looks retarded and not the dangerous center we all know!

  • Shakes - 2011-09-08 09:22

    At sport24: the key cog around "who" the Welsh attack is...isn't it around "whom"???... "The Rugby League guys have "brough" structure to the defences. brough???? I know its pedantic but I see it too often!!!!! *sigh* yes, "I see gramatical errors."

  • Houston - 2011-09-08 10:07

    Great picture - love the white Bok jersey and Bok cap.. fantastic!!!

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