The Springboks will stick with their expansive style of play in Saturday’s Tri-Nations match against Australia despite calls for a more conservative approach.
“For us to turn back now on what we want to go do, it will mean we don’t trust ourselves,” South Africa coach Peter de Villiers told a news conference on Friday.
“I think the players will get to grips with what we want to play, and I believe at the end it will be a playing style the whole world will fear,” he added.
“We have the bulk and the speed, we have everything. We just have to put it together so that they utilise the opportunities that arise by rounding off the moves.”
News 24 reports that De Villiers came under fire after last week’s 19-0 defeat to the All Blacks in Cape Town but the coach was firm in his commitment to a more inclusive style of play.
“I must make it clear, we want to play a total rugby expansive game, we want to throw the ball around, we want to use all of our players so that they can enjoy the game, and so that the spectators can enjoy the game,” he said.
“If you look at our starter moves, and the way we manage to break the line, it’s all coming into place. But after that, the decision-making from there is one thing that the players are not used to.”
An open approach to attack promises exciting rugby and the ability to score from anywhere on the field, but the world champions have produced just three tries in four Tri-Nations matches.
Coach Robbie Deans made five changes to the Wallabies team that succumbed to New Zealand in Auckland with flank Rocky Elsom, fullback Drew Mitchell, scrumhalf Sam Cordingley, lock Dan Vickerman and tighthead prop Matt Dunning named to start.
The return to fitness of Elsom and Vickerman boosts Australia’s lineout arsenal while Mitchell and Cordingley replace the injured Adam Ashley-Cooper and Luke Burgess respectively.
A victory over the Springboks in Durban or Johannesburg next week will set up a series-decider against New Zealand in Brisbane in September.
De Villiers’ charges will have to hit the mark in both matches, scoring at least four tries in each, for the Springboks to have any chance of winning the series.
Australia are second with nine points, five behind New Zealand, while South Africa are third with five points.Tweet