Bokke to mix style



August 10, 2016
Bokke to mix style

Bok assistant coach Johan van Graan

A valuable lesson for the Boks will be to take note of is the might of Argentina, says Van Graan.

Springbok assistant coach Johan van Graan says Allister Coetzee’s management are coming up with a new style of play for the national team.

But they won’t fall into the trap of playing like this season’s most successful South African Super Rugby team.

Having been part of three Super Rugby winning campaigns with the Bulls, Van Graan is wary not to get caught up in adopting everything from one particular franchise – in this case the Lions.

And instead, he believes that the recipe for success will be to take the good from all the franchises and make it work for the Boks.

He says: “I thought the way that the public got behind the Lions was fantastic.

“You’ve got to take some positives from all your franchises and all your players and build a plan around it.

“The overseas-based players bring in something special, the Lions guys bring excitement and momentum and the Stormers guys had a fantastic scrum and I thought some of the broken field attack was brilliant.

“You take what you have in your squad and adapt your plan.”

Van Graan adds that a valuable lesson for the Boks will be to take note of is the might of Argentina and how different the Jaguares are from the Pumas.

He is expecting the Pumas to be as feisty as ever in their Rugby Championship opener in Nelspruit next Saturday.

He says: “Once they put on that jersey, they become a different team.

“They’ve got world class players in their team and Super Rugby poses a different threat than Test match rugby.

“They’ve had a lot of time together and they know our rugby very well from the last few years, so they will be well prepared for us. We can’t wait to get going against them.”

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