Koen: Junior Boks won't change their approach

Wed, 14 Jun 2017 13:34
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UNDER-20 CHAMPIONSHIP REACTION: Junior Springbok assistant coach Louis Koen reiterated that the team will not change their approach for the third-place play-off against France on Sunday

Despite, opening their 2017 Championship campaign with a 23-all draw against France, the assistant coach Koen is adamant that there is no use in changing the Junior Boks' structure for the third-place play-off against the French.

"We need to continue doing what we have been doing up to now in the lead-up to our final match," Koen said.

"We believe in our structures, and we are on the right track and growing as a team. Our forward play, especially, has been phenomenal, and when our backline fires they are exceptional. So we have to go back to the drawing board and improve,"

The Junior Springboks went down 22-24 against England in the semifinal on Tuesday with a late try by the defending champions sealing the two-point victory.

"We still have a lot to prove and to play for, so once we put the England match behind us, we will lift our heads, be positive and look forward to the France game. All of these players want to do justice to the Springbok jersey.

"We had opportunities against England, but we also had soft moments and could not put them under enough pressure to convert into points.

"I believe we have all learnt a lot from this experience. There were harsh lessons learned in the match, but I know that all of us will take it to heart and we will be better for it in the future," he added.

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