Rassie Erasmus
Rassie Erasmus

Rassie needs to rethink Springbok team, game plan

By jacques van der westhuyzenn Time of article published Nov 12, 2018

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After the Springboks’ lacklustre showing in their last-gasp 29-26 win against France in Paris on Saturday night, rugby writer Jacques van der Westhuyzen suggests coach Rassie Erasmus rethink his team and their game plan ahead of facing Scotland this weekend

Stop the box-kicking

Faf de Klerk is one of the most attacking, dangerous scrumhalves in the world game - but if he is not going to be allowed to run at the opposition, feed his backs and be a nuisance to the opposition there is no reason to be picking him. His forte is not box-kicking and Erasmus needs to rethink this “plan”.

Get Du Toit back in the back row

It wasn’t that long ago that fans were questioning the reasoning behind playing one of our premier locks, Pieter-Steph du Toit, as a blindside flank ... well, no more. Du Toit has shown this year he is more than capable of playing in the loose trio and needs to move back there as soon as possible.

Let’s see Bongi have a go

Malcolm Marx may be one of the nominees for World Player of the Year, but he has not been on top of his game for some time now. While he hit his jumpers on Saturday - a marked improvement from the England game - he was far off the standard he has set for himself in recent times. Swapping places with Bongi Mbonambi might just fire up Marx, who could be devastating coming off the bench, and allow Mbonambi to show his mettle again.

Please put together an 80-minute effort

One of the mysteries of the Erasmus era so far has been the fact the Boks can’t put together a whole-hearted 80-minute performance. Erasmus, pictured, needs to find the magic to ensure the Boks maintain a high standard throughout.

Sort out the inconsistencies

From one week to the next you just don’t know what you’re going to get from this Bok team. At times this year, they’ve varied their attacking game and looked dangerous when on the front foot, but on Saturday they seemed to have no idea how to unlock the French defence.

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