CAPE TOWN - Springbok coach Allister Coetzee says “there’s no one way to beat the All Blacks”, but he also knows that relying on penalties is certainly not one way of doing it.
When Coetzee addressed the media at the team hotel on Monday, he said that they won’t revert to a more conservative playing style when they meet New Zealand at Newlands on Saturday, and added that they will have to cross the try line if they want to have a chance at victory.
After the Springboks’ 27-all draw against the Wallabies - their second Rugby Championship draw in as many matches against the Australians this year - the Boks showed intent as they kept ball in hand to string together a few nice attacking moves.
But they just couldn’t seem to round those moves off as they struggled to hold onto the ball and convert all their opportunities into points.
And while Coetzee said that he was pleased with the opportunities his team created against the Wallabies, he added that they will have to use those chances to get the tries on Saturday.
“There is no one way to beat the All Blacks, you’ve got to be unbelievably accurate,” Coetzee said. “You won’t beat them by penalties, you have to score tries to beat them.”
The Bok scrum has seen better days than the one it experienced against Australia at the weekend - where they conceded a number of penalties, with Ruan Dreyer deemed the culprit on a number of occasions.
“Ruan Dreyer needs time. We still back him as a tighthead. I think the picture differs from referee to referee. But we have to put up a better scrummaging performance against the All Blacks,” he said.
“I’m also happy with the way Trevor (Nyakane) is developing, and Ruan is still young as a Test match player. And we’ve got an exciting, young Wilco Louw.”
When asked for comment on Bok defence coach Brendan Venter’s comments on Twitter following the draw in the Free State - in which Venter said that fans should “stop watching” rugby if they’re only interested in winning - Coetzee said that Venter must have been “misunderstood”.
“Whatever Brendan said we’ve got a process going in this team. And if you focus on the process rather than the result If you’re outcome-driven the whole time, how will you get to the next round? I think he’s been misunderstood.”
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Coetzee also explained that they are focused on their “processes”, and that results will come.
“We will continue to focus on our processes - results we will get in time. If you follow your processes the results will come,” he said.
And on the challenge of hosting the All Blacks at Newlands for the first time since 2008, Coetzee said: “It’s a challenge that we’re looking forward to - it’s a great challenge to play the All Blacks at Newlands with a lot of All Black supporters, and we embrace it.”
Meanwhile, Springbok team doctor, Konrad von Hagen, revealed that loose forward Uzair Cassiem was the only casualty following the Bloemfontein match, and confirmed that he would be out for six weeks with a broken rib.