The Springboks won’t divert from the pattern that they have been trying to establish during the past few months when they play Argentina in a rugby Test match here on Saturday.
This may say as much about their respect for the opposition as it does about their confidence in their own approach.
Liam Del Carme writes in Beeld that after their recent Tri-Nations defeat against Australia, this week’s match at Coca-Cola Park may have been viewed as an opportunity to move away from the coach’s prescribed text.
But Peter de Villiers is sticking to his plans.
“We have one game plan, but there are pattern variations with which we can play around,” De Villiers said here on Monday.
“If I want to change my game plan I will have to change the players.
“When you look at the skills of the players in the extended squad, one comes to the conclusion that those who are on the field and those who are not are more or less the same.
“Therefore the game plan won’t change when someone is injured. There may be a difference in physical attributes and speed but our style will remain more or less the same.
“That is where we will be working towards for the next four years,” the coach explained.
Despite their recently defeat against Italy, the Pumas impressed De Villiers.
“From what I saw in their match against Italy, they play just as Argentina usually play.
“It was their first match under the new experimental laws but it seemed as if the laws were made to suit them.”Tweet