Former Springbok technical adviser Eddie Jones has told Peter de Villiers to keep things tight and not follow an expansive game plan on his current tour of the United Kingdom.
Jones thinks the World Champions “would be stupid” to play an expansive game on their current Northern Hemisphere tour.
Jones, writing in Afrikaans Sunday newspaper Sondag, said he believed that they could suffer defeat against Wales if they only played an expansive game on Saturday at the Millennium stadium.
“South Africa would be stupid to just throw the ball around in the British conditions,” Jones wrote in Sondag, “Especially against Wales.
“They could find things very difficult if they decide only to attack with the ball in hand.
“The Welsh enjoy living off other teams’ mistakes and they will kill the Boks if the ball starts getting too loose.”
Jones, who is Director of Rugby at Saracens, said the Boks would do better to play a forward based game.
“The forwards are the Boks strength so they need to play to that strength.
“Short attacks around the fringes would work well against the Welsh and then later the attacking backs can be brought into the game.”
The former Aussie coach said that he felt the move of the untried Ruan Pienaar into the flyhalf position was an inspired one.
“I believe he has the potential to become a great flyhalf. He has wonderful hands and a sense of how the game is flowing. When Stephen Larkham moved to flyhalf it took him 12 to 24 months to get used to the position and everything it entails.
“If Ruan is handled well over the next few months, he can have a bright future ahead of him.”
Jones said he believes captain John Smit would struggle to move to tighthead.
“To move at his age from one position to another needs a lot of guts. I believe he will struggle against some of the more established props in the game.”Tweet