Mallett: SA can learn from 'Canes
Cape Town - Former Springbok coach Nick
Mallett says South Africans can learn from the way the Hurricanes play rugby.
It was a sombre year for South Africa in
Super Rugby this year, with only the Stormers making the playoffs - courtesy of
them finishing on top of the South African conference.
The Hurricanes surged into the final with a
comprehensive 29-9 annihilation of the Brumbies in Wellington at the weekend.
They will face the Highlanders in an
all-New Zealand final after the men from Dunedin upset the defending champion Waratahs
35-17 in Sydney.
Mallett, speaking in the SuperSport studio
after the game, said:
“The reason there were so many missed
tackles from the Brumbies (32) is that the Hurricanes are a team who stay on
their feet, offload in the tackle and take the ball away from the defensive
structures as opposed to attacking them. They encapsulate the New Zealand rugby
philosophy and South Africans can learn from them.
“The key is they don't coach according to
areas of the field... that you're in your danger zone so you've got to kick, or
you're between the 22m lines so you've got to kick an up-and-under. They look
at the situation and coach the situation. If they get a turnover or a poor kick
they immediately look for a two-pass policy. They move the ball into the middle
of the field and suddenly from being on their 22 they have possession on their
10m line and are looking to play again. The Hurricanes also understand when
it's on to move the ball wide or when they've got to set a target.”