Play traditional Springbok rugby and attack flyhalf Danny Cipriani’s channel.
Stephen Nell writes for Die Burger that, that was the winning recipe offered by former Wallaby coach Eddie Jones when he was quizzed on how South Africa should go about playing England at Twickenham on Saturday.
“I would really attack Cipriani. He is very weak (on defence) and a young kid, Ricky Flutey on his outside, is also not very strong. That is definitely the channel the Springboks can attack,” said Jones.
“The pattern I would follow is direct rugby. You have to play the traditional Bok style.”
“When England attack, they mostly do it with pick-and-go moves close in, or play it wide in the outside channel.
“You have to spot those attacking patterns. When the English take the ball wide, they attack from depth.”
Jones was a consultant for the Boks during last year’s victorious World Cup campaign. He is currently the director of rugby at English club Saracens.
He therefore has an intimate knowledge of English rugby and his club captain, Steve Borthwick, leads the English.
“Steve is one of the most serious players I have met. He is very determined. He’s also very tough and not at all afraid to demand a lot from his teammates,” said Jones.
“The two captains on Saturday (South Africa are skippered by John Smit) are of a similar ilk.”
While the Boks will only announce their line-up on Thursday, they should have more experience than the English.
“England are a developing side and potentially the best team in Europe,” said Jones.
“They have good young players, but there is not yet a recognisable style. They will be playing together in their third game and would have learned a lot from their defeat to Australia. This could be the Boks’ most difficult game on tour.”
Jones did not hit out at South Africa for their weak performance against Scotland, but offered useful advice.
“South Africa’s attacking play was a bit too simplistic,” he said.
“You see the ball go to Jean de Villiers from a lineout and when you stop the tape there, he is the only guy on the screen. He should have options.
“The detail is lacking and that is something that needs hard work. Sometimes when players get the freedom to express themselves there is less accountability.
“The one thing about South Africa during last year’s World Cup campaign is that every player understood his role in each phase.”Tweet