Thinking out of the Boks

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October 27, 2016
Thinking out of the Boks

PLAN IN ACTION: Bok coach Allister Coetzee

New coaches up-skill fresh Bokke

They talked the talk at last week’s indaba and now Springbok assistant coach Johann van Graan believes they are walking the walk.

The Springbok players have been toiling away in Johannesburg this past week, working hard on up-skilling their game.

It’ll only be next Monday, when the overseas players join the squad, that they will start their preparations for the November 5 match against the Barbarians.

Van Graan admits that having two squads — one for the Tests and one for the Barbarians — is tricky, but says: “It is challenging, but the nice thing is that the other guys [overseas-based players] aren’t here at this stage.

“So we’re only 30 players, one or two injuries so the squad’s been pretty small, which is a good thing.

“The challenging thing is to get the big plan together, we’ve been working on our small little puzzles — breakdown detail, running line detail, counter-attack, scrums, kickoff, mauling.

“What we need to improve is the defence and kicking game and that’s where [new assistants] JP [Ferreira] and Franco [Smith] come in.

“Once we get into the attacking zone, we need to finish our opportunities. That comes with better skill [and] that comes from working on it day to day.

“This week we’re only focusing on getting all the players on the same page, improve our skill level, improve on session detail and then from next Monday, we’ll focus specifically on the Barbarians.”

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