Swart gevaar



September 13, 2016
Swart gevaar

DANGER MAN: Kiwi star Beauden Barrett

Toetie warns Boks not to focus on Barrett.

Underfire Springbok boss Allister Coetzee has warned his players about the swart gevaar.

The All Blacks are rampant. Even after struggling against Argentina in the first half, they blew the Pumas away 57-22 on Saturday.

The Boks, meanwhile, lost 23-17 to an Australia side that had not won a game in six.

That 40-point difference shows just how wide the gulf in form between South Africa and the Kiwis is.

And coach Toetie says his manne can’t just concentrate on playmaker Beauden Barrett to stop the world champions.

The former Western Province boss says: “We’re not only going to focus on Beauden Barrett.

“Our focus will be on the whole team. But… he’s on song, he’s confident and everything he does, he does well, it turns into gold, but pressure is the name of the game.

“We’ll try not to zoom in on Beauden, but rather get our setpiece right, scrum well, put their lineout under 
pressure, and hopefully that pressure will feed onto their No.9 [Aaron Smith] and then Beauden as well.”

One man the Boks will also have to keep an eye on is resurgent wing Julian Savea, who is in witwarm form again.

The 26-year-old scored his 42nd international try at the Waikato Stadium in Hamilton, carried the ball a team high 11 times, achieved 116 running metres — the most by any player – and broke several tackles.

And the giant wing reckons: “You guys can judge if I’m back to my best.”

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