Boks to adopt clinical approach

2014-11-10 22:42
Johann van Graan (Gallo Images)

London - Springbok assistant coach Johann van Graan has said on Monday that they will be out to fix the errors which dogged them in their loss to Ireland.

The rugby365 website reports that the Boks will also be out to focus on their own strengths in their quest to extend their unbeaten run over England and not on their opposition's weaknesses as much.

Van Graan also believes England's assistant coach Graham Rowntree is one of the best forwards coaches in the world, but that the Boks themselves possess one of the most clinical packs when it comes to set pieces.

He pointed out that despite the numerous handling errors, the Boks dominated the breakdown and territorial stakes, while having a flawless display in their set pieces.

The fact that they had the statistical dominance over their opponents shed light on their ineffectiveness with ball in hand, something which Van Graan said the Boks will be hard at work on in the lead up to Saturday's Test.

"It was another valuable lesson in rugby. It is not the amount of possession or the amount of territory, but what you do with it," he told rugby365's website.

"(We need to be) a bit more clinical, (with) one or two things to fix and (those are the things) we will work hard on in training this week.

He went onto say that the Boks do face the daunting prospect of an inspired England following their spirited performance in their narrow defeat to the All Blacks on the weekend, but that the team is excited by facing top-tier opposition once more.

"One thing about this team, win or lose, we want to be consistent and we want to play good, winning Springbok rugby and we want to make ourselves and our country proud," concluded Van Graan.

The Springboks' 11-match unbeaten run (10 wins and one draw) against England stretches back to November 2006, when the Boks themselves ended a seven match winning streak by England, who were the then world champions.

Kickoff for Saturday's encounter is scheduled for 16:30.

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