Boks find their balance
For me it was not so much the margin of victory, but rather the manner in which the Boks beat Argentina at Soccer City last weekend that spoke volumes.Even from the outside looking in, it’s clear to see the team is gelling nicely now and that the players are complementing one another. The Boks are a world-class side and are not ranked second in international rugby for no reason. Now into the second season under the management of Heyneke Meyer, it’s evident that the Bok game boasts more balance.
Now, however, the national side is scoring tries from a number of different outlets: First phase, multi-phase attacks, mauls and intercepts.There has also been talk in the Bok camp this week that the side use their defence as an attacking weapon. When a team transitions from attack to defence and visa versa, it’s the point at which they are most vulnerable and is therefore an area which clinical teams target.The Boks played the game this past Saturday at a speed which the Pumas weren’t able to live with.
In addition, the visitors struggled at set-phase and failed to match their hosts physically.Although it was a below-par performance from the Pumas, for me there were enough signs to suggest that the Springboks will challenge strongly for the 2013 Rugby Championship. As professional teams and rugby players, the aim is to continually improve and add elements to one’s game.
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