Springboks watch Namibia's Wors?

Sun, 18 Sep 2011 00:00
Large 2502 5551 5784 0 2624812
The Springboks have arrived at their new camp near Lake Taupo and have been making their assessments on Namibia's "Wors", South African backline coach Dick Muir said on Sunday.

The Springboks have arrived at their new camp near Lake Taupo and have been making their assessments on Namibia's 'Wors', South African backline coach Dick Muir said on Sunday.

"We have done a little bit of work on him - flyhalf Theuns 'Wors' Kotze - and he's actually played really well," said Muir.

"He has a nice balanced game so we would hope to put a bit of pressure on him and see how he copes with that."

While Muir tried his best to keep the media's attention focussed on the team's next match, he could not get away from giving his thoughts on the 15-6 upset victory Ireland secured over tournament favourites Australia.

"We are going to worry about Namibia and get that under the belt, we have plenty of time to assess those sides when we get to that bridge," he said.

That Pool C result will almost certainly change the path the defending champions will have to take provided they finish first in their pool, as planned.

After a few brilliant side steps and the attempted hand-off, Muir eventually gave his thoughts on the different challenge Australia would pose in a quarterfinal. (The Springboks for all intents and purposes planned on meeting Ireland at that stage of the competition.)

"Australia are a team that we know, probably better than we'd know Ireland, but we will just take it one game a time," said Muir.

"Wherever you end up and who you play, we just have to go about doing our work and I think the improvement that we showed this week is important and that there is a lot more improvement that can come from this group of players."

The six tries the Springboks scored without conceding one was the most pleasing aspect for the backline coach who said that he was confident that the team was on the right track.

As for the injury status of the team, Muir said that he doubted that the men who missed last week's mtach because of injury would be up for selection against Namibia.

"It is a short turnaround for us, so for those guys who were not available for the previous match, they probably won't be available for this match," he said.

For the rest of the squad, Muir said it would be business as usual.

"It is nice for us to get away into the countryside here, but we know we have some hard work to get through this week and we only have to training sessions to do that.

"There are certain areas that we want to improve on and we will be hard at work tomorrow [Monday] doing that."


There are currently no matches being played
Fri, 27 November 2015
Leinster v Ulster 19h35 RDS Arena
Glasgow Warriors v Treviso 19h35 Ascoli Piceno
Edinburgh v Dragons 19h35 BT Murrayfield
Northampton Saints v Gloucester 19h45 Franklin's Gardens
Sat, 28 November 2015
Sale Sharks v Newcastle Falcons 14h30 AJ Bell Stadium
Exeter Chiefs v Harlequins 15h00 Sandy Park
Ospreys v Cardiff Blues 15h00 Liberty Stadium
Saracens v Worcester Warriors 15h15 Twickenham
Munster v Connacht 17h15 Thomond Park
London Irish v Wasps 17h30 Twickenham
Sun, 29 November 2015
Scarlets v Zebre 14h30 Parc y Scarlets
Leicester Tigers v Bath 15h00 Welford Road
Pool A
Team P W D L Pts
Australia 4 4 0 0 17
Wales 4 3 0 1 13
England 4 2 0 2 11
Fiji 4 1 0 3 5
Uruguay 4 0 0 4 0
Pool B
Team P W D L Pts
South Africa 4 3 0 1 16
Scotland 4 3 0 1 14
Japan 4 3 0 1 12
Samoa 4 1 0 3 6
United States 4 0 0 4 0
Pool C
Team P W D L Pts
New Zealand 4 4 0 0 19
Argentina 4 3 0 1 15
Georgia 4 2 0 2 8
Tonga 4 1 0 3 6
Namibia 4 0 0 4 1
Pool D
Team P W D L Pts
Ireland 4 4 0 0 18
France 4 3 0 1 14
Italy 4 2 0 2 10
Romania 4 1 0 3 4
Canada 4 0 0 4 2