ON THE EDGE

Tactical shift

Tue, 25 Sep 2012 13:19
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The Boks are intent on being less predictable against Australia this weekend.

Speaking to the media on Tuesday Bok forwards coach Johan van Graan said that the last time they faced the Wallabies the Boks did not vary their play enough and added that they are keen to build on the changes they made to their approach for the Test against the All Blacks in Dunedin.

"I thought against Australia in Perth we might have been a bit predictable... especially our second runners.

"If you watched the New Zealand Test closely there were one or two tweaks; Frans Steyn got a lot of momentum in the first channel on (Aaron) Cruden."

"Obviously there were some things we tried in Dunedin that worked well and we are looking at one or two things to try this weekend, but the game plan takes a long time to develop," Van Graan said.

The assistant coach said that another major focus will be improving the quality of their tactical kicking.

"Australia and New Zealand invite you into the 15 metres (area) and they like to counter-ruck you there and create slow ball, and then press you in the midfield.

"We've worked hard with our outside backs in their decision-making and hopefully it will be better this weekend," he said.
 

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