London - New Springbok centre Francois Venter wants his team to
employ an expansive style of play in their remaining matches on their
end-of-year tour of Europe.
Venter believes the Boks kicked too much possession away in
Saturday's 37-21 defeat to England at Twickenham.
"We didn't play rugby in the first half," he said.
"There was too much kicking. When we started to run the
ball, we played better.
"And in the last 20 minutes, we were rewarded with two
"We must get confidence with ball in hand. There is
talent (in the squad). England ran the ball and scored tries."
Venter admitted, however, that the Boks must improve on
defence after England outscored them by four tries to two.
Jonny May scored a try thanks to a back-line move from a
line-out and Ben Youngs found space around the fringes of rucks to create
five-pointers for George Ford and Owen Farrell.
England's fourth try was scored by Courtney Lawes after the
Boks failed to master a high ball.
"There are plenty of aspects of the game in which we
are average," added Venter.
"We must work on that.
"We did well in the tight phases, but couldn't handle
the pressure which their high balls created.
"The first try which we conceded was the back-line's
Venter believes the Boks desperately need a victory to boost
morale in their camp.
They face Italy in Florence on Saturday and the Azzurri will
fancy their chances against a Bok team who have lost their aura.
"As soon as you win, a spirit of brotherhood sets in
and then you believe in the player next to you," explained Venter.
"The heart is there, everything is there. We must just
improve our form."