Springbok squad has teething problems



August 26, 2016
Springbok squad has teething problems

Faf de Klerk

Boks won’t run away with Pumas in Salta.

What Springbok fans want, they can’t get unfortunately.

At least for now, that is.

Watching the All Blacks annihilating the Wallabies last weekend, the hardcore Bok fans wanted to see the same from their team when they hosted Argentina in Nelspruit.

It wasn’t to be and the Boks had to work hard to earn a 30-23 win in the end.

So don’t expect them to run away with the match against the Pumas on Saturday (9.40pm) in Salta.

Coach Allister Coetzee’s side won’t run every ball they get – at least not successfully. It will take them a while to get to the level of the All Blacks.

And that’s got to do with continuity and a clear direction as to how the game should be played.

The Boks will muscle up up front again, with the likes of Eben Etzebeth and Lood de Jager being crucial to their engine room if they want to give Faf de Klerk good ball.

Under pressure pivot, Elton Jantjies, will have to do the basics first before thinking of running wild like a Beauden Barrett.

Fact is, the All Blacks are a well-oiled machine, and the Boks barely have their framework ready.

Coetzee will approach tomorrow’s game conservatively — evident by his inclusion of Morné Steyn on the bench.

And while his free-running stars may not understand his plan just yet, they will cut loose once the Boks gain the ascendency.

However, they still lack that killer instinct to earn the freedom to run wild.

And I can’t see it happening in Salta, where the battle will be won by the team that dominates up front.

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