Five things the Boks must do



November 2, 2016
Five things the Boks must do

TIME TO BRING IT: Springboks

Coetzee and his Boks look to win back fans’ hearts

The Springboks kick off their tour of the UK on Saturday against the Barbarians at Wembley Stadium 3pm with a lot to prove.

And at the top of this list will be to regain some lost pride and once again get the nation truly behind them.

Here the Daily Voice looks at five things that will bring them closer to their goal:


Established midfield combination

When coach Allister Coetzee first took charge of the Boks, he preferred using Damian de Allende and Lionel Mapoe in the midfield.

The duo manned the centre channel for the first five Tests of 2016.

It didn’t work out, though, and against Australia in Brisbane, he tried Juan de Jongh and Jesse Kriel – a combination that would play the next three Tests.

With Kriel out injured for the visit from New Zealand, it was De Allende and De Jongh that partnered in the midfield and had no success in their defeat to the All Blacks in the final Rugby Championship clash of the year.

Coetzee has to be brave on this tour and try out the form players – Rohan Janse van Rensburg and Francois Venter deserve a fair shot at making the team.


Beat England

It’s simple – they can run away with all the other teams, but Coetzee has to get the better of Eddie Jones and his team. If not, he will get a serious backlash from the public.

Oh, and don’t think a slip-up against Wales will be acceptable either.


Captain’s call

Adriaan Strauss steps down as captain at the end of this tour. Pat Lambie has been named as skipper for the Barbarians match.

But we still have our doubts as to whether Lambie is the man to take the Boks to 2019. He will have to prove us wrong on this tour – starting on Saturday against the Baabaas.


The birth of a star or two

A lot has been made of the amount of youngsters currently on tour with the Springboks. But we want to see those youngsters actually get their chance to shine in the Green and Gold.

And the most realistic ones to come out of the tour with international caps are fetcher Roelof Smit, winger Sergeal Petersen and midfielder Francois Venter.


Proper game plan

The Springboks’ kicking execution was one of their major downfalls this year, as well as their undisclplined defence. But they also lack some zest on attack.

Most importantly, they are going to play four games on tour and what South Africa needs is an identity.

To play four different patterns would be confusing to say the least – we want to see one style and we want to see them stick to it.

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