While Springbok coach Peter De Villiers was content with his team’s performance against England, Scotland and Wales, he admitted that improvements will have to made ahead of the British & Irish Lions series next year.
Rugby 365 reports the Boks scored a 3-0 result on their United Kingdom tour, but what the statistic does not reflect is the poor performance against Scotland and Wales where the Boks narrowly scraped home.
De Villiers believes the Boks are some way from realising the objective of playing total rugby as England made it easy for the South Africans to capitalise on their mistakes.
“We didn’t control everything [against England]. That’s the next challenge for us,” De Villiers said.
“I suppose when you look at the five tries, we’ll take it. I still think we could have constructed a few more tries by playing direct and then taking it wide, but we’ll take this result.”
De Villiers commended South Africa’s defence, but admitted they could have been more accurate on attack.
“It’s always tough to come over here, and they did put us under a lot of pressure. But I think we could have scored more tries,” he said.
“There are seven pillars that we build our game around. At Twickenham, two of those pillars were brilliant. We were brilliant with ball in hand and we were brilliant without ball in hand.”Tweet