- Springbok assistant coach Deon Davids said they have thoroughly discussed the goal-kicking crisis that cost them the Irish Test last week.
- Seven points were missed off the tee and the Boks abused their maul which Ireland successfully countered.
- The Springboks take on France in Marseille in what will be the teams’ first meeting in four years.
Springbok assistant coach Deon Davids said they have thoroughly discussed their goal-kicking affair ahead of Saturday’s Marseille Test against France.
The goal kick, among other things, was a big problem in Saturday’s Test against Ireland at the Aviva Stadium.
Seven points were missed from the start in the 19-16 loss, but it was the kickable penalties that were not taken that also became a problem for the Boks.
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That led to a prolonged use of their rolling mallet that was well countered by Ireland, something that may need the Boks to force a tactical rethink ahead of Saturday’s clash at the Stade Velodrome.
Without going into too much detail, Davids said they have addressed the issue of shots on goal.
“We have discussed the goal-kicking situation as part of our overall review in the same way that we do with our other departments,” Davids said.
“It’s something that we’ve looked at and talked about and we’ll wrap up in terms of deciding how we’re going to approach it.
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“Our head coach will give a little bit more information in terms of how we do it.”
Davids also refrained from criticizing match official Nika Amashukeli despite some critical calls he missed on Saturday.
One was singled out by SA Rugby director of rugby Rassie Erasmus in a tweet showing Irish hooker Dan Sheehan kicking the ball out of a ruck, which is illegal.
His action led to Mack Hansen’s 50th-minute try and critical 10-point buffer that the Boks couldn’t get past.
Davids said it was general protocol for them to review everything that happened in one game so they could improve for the next.
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“It’s a general protocol that we review our performance in the game and get an analysis in terms of our own performance by looking at what we failed at, the things we’re not sure about and the things we need to be clear about,” David said.
“Those help guide the players to be better in their execution and in terms of our training. We look at the performances of the other team when we prepare and if there are any concerns that we need to clarify, we do it to understand how.” we have to prepare.
“It’s our normal prep flow for the game.”
Springbok coach Jacques Nienaber will announce his squad for match day on Tuesday with kick-off at 22:00 SA time.
Khanyiso Tshwaku is in Toulon following the Springboks on their end-of-year tour.