Nick Mallett (Gallo Images)
Cape Town - Former Springbok coach Nick Mallett has highlighted a few areas of concern for the Springboks after their RWC quarter-final win over Wales this past weekend.
A late try from skipper Fourie du Preez gave the Boks a 23-19 win in the clash at Twickenham.
It set up a semi-final duel with arch-rivals, the All Blacks, at the same ground this coming Saturday.
Mallett analysed the Bok game in the SuperSport studio afterwards and noted what areas the Boks need to improve on.
“Our game plan is not to make mistakes, we retain possession and retain possession, and the opposition have to tackle. We always made yards, and most of the forwards got over the advantage line, but if we play the All Blacks, and they get off the line quickly, that's what will be a bit worrying,” said Mallett.
“When we do get across the advantage line, it gives time to (scrumhalf) Fourie du Preez to make good decisions, but if we're tackled behind the advantage line and they (the opposition) get off the line quickly, that is when we'll be under pressure.”
Mallett also warned that the Boks’ tactical kicking need to improve.
“Our tactical kicking was poor and some of our kicking was inaccurate from our backline players. We relied on Fourie to get us out of trouble, but the positive is that we were in the game the whole time, although we have to kick our penalties.”
Mallett though urged Bok fans to remain positive, insisting that a victory over the All Black would not be out of reach.
“Let's not be negative after this win, though, we've made the semi-finals, so let's back these guys. We can do it.”
Saturday’s clash at Twickenham is scheduled for 17:00 (SA time).