DURBAN – There is nothing wrong with the Springboks’ game strategy and the difference between them and the All Blacks at the weekend was little more than lethal versus sloppy finishing.
That is the verdict from assistant coach Mzwandile Stick, who describes the All Blacks as “sharks sniffing for blood in the water” when it comes to attacking opportunities.
The Boks have come in for criticism for over-reliance on a kicking game, especially from scrum-half Faf de Klerk, but Stick says the Kiwis kicked more than the Boks in their 23-13 win.
“We are still positive about the way that we are playing,” the former Sevens star said. “The All Blacks had about 30 kicks in play, and we had about 24. That means both teams had similar plans, but the All Blacks capitalised on their opportunities.
“Their two tries came when they kicked their contestable kicks on us, and we couldn’t secure those balls. That is what the All Blacks are all about - they are like sharks in the sea. If they smell the blood, they will take it and punish you. That is something we must make sure that we work on.”