Sexton defends 'boring' SA play

    2013-03-07 07:44

    Cape Town - Kings coach Matt Sexton says it's too early in the Super Rugby competition to criticise the style of play employed by the South African teams.

    While the New Zealand and Australian teams are producing an attractive brand of running rugby, the South African sides received criticism in the first few weeks for the lack of imagination in their play.

    After two games, the Chiefs (10) and Blues (9) top the try-scoring list, with Australia's also Force surprising with seven tries. The Bulls (5) have scored the most tries by a South African team.

    The Sharks and the Stormers played too a dull 12-6 result without any tries in Durban last weekend, but Sexton believes it’s too early for South African fans to get negative.

    "As the teams play more matches, they will adapt their playing style depending on who they face," he told Die Burger's website.

    "Nobody can afford to be one dimensional in their approach. You must definitely have a plan A, B and C.

    "The weather conditions had an influence there (Durban) which led to more kicking. It was almost like a Test."

    Sexton does not expect the Stormers and the Sharks to follow that approach for the whole season.

    In fact, he expects the Sharks to run more against them when the two sides clash in Port Elizabeth on Saturday night.

    "We have to protect the ball more and not give it away so easily," said Sexton. The Kings beat the Force 22-10 in their first game on February 23.

    Kick-off at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium is at 19:10 on Saturday.



    15 SP Marais, 14 Sergeal Petersen, 13 Ronnie Cooke, 12 Andries Strauss, 11 Marcello Sampson, 10 Demetri Catrakilis, 9 Shaun Venter, 8 Jacques Engelbrecht, 7 Wimpie van der Walt, 6 Cornell du Preez, 5 Steven Sykes 4 Darron Nell (captain), 3 Kevin Buys , 2 Bandise Maku, 1 Schalk Ferreira

    Substitutes: 16 Edgar Marutlulle, 17 Jaco Engels, 18 David Bulbring, 19 Luke Watson, 20 Nicolas Vergallo, 21 George Whitehead, 22 Hadleigh Parkes


    15. Louis Ludik, 14. JP Pietersen, 13. Paul Jordaan, 12. Francois Steyn (captain), 11. Lwazi Mvovo, 10. Patrick Lambie, 9. Cobus Reinach, 8. Ryan Kankowski, 7. Jean Deysel, 6. Marcell Coetzee, 5. Franco van der Merwe, 4. Anton Bresler, 3. Jannie du Plessis, 2. Craig Burden, 1. Tendai Mtawarira

    Substitutes: 16. Kyle Cooper, 17. Wiehahn Herbst, 18. Pieter-Steph du Toit, 19. Jacques Botes, 20. Charl McLeod, 21. Meyer Bosman, 22. Odwa Ndungane

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