Bok defence in tatters

The Boks misses 22 of the 84 tackles they were asked to make for a dreadful 74% success rate. But perhaps most worrying is the clear failing of any sort of defensive system that they are trying to implement.

Tank Lanning – via his #StatAttack for Vodacom Rugby

One could scrounge around for some sort of spin to sugar coat the Bok’s 41-13 reverse against the old foe in Christchurch on Saturday morning, but as they say in the classics, the stats don’t lie.

And given that this is a trawl through the match stats in order to decipher what went right or wrong for either side, there can be only one conclusion – the Boks were well and truly schooled in the art of rugby.

There were a few moments in the first half – especially in the build up to Bryan Habana’s try – where the Boks showed us what they are capable of when in possession of good front foot ball, but as with every other side who has had to take on the mighty All Blacks this season, they found it impossible to live with them for the full 80 minutes.

And if we are truly honest with ourselves, this was on a day that the All Blacks struggled to get out of third gear.

Yet with only marginally better possession and territory, the Men in Black managed 12 more clean breaks from 22 more carries that resulted 280 more metres with ball in hand. This through making 17 more passes that included 3 more offloads while beating 9 more defenders. It was an out and out lesson in attacking rugby from the best side in the world.

Most worrying for coach Allister Coetzee, though – apart from the errors made by individuals that would have embarrassed schoolboys – must be the porous defence and inept kicking game.

The Boks misses 22 of the 84 tackles they were asked to make for a dreadful 74% success rate. But perhaps most worrying is not the individual missed tackles but the clear failing of any sort of defensive system that they are trying to implement.

The Boks kicked 21 times in the game – 2 less than the All Blacks – and 19 of them were collected by the home side! This against the best back three in the business. The All Black kicking game is a fine tuned one, with 15 of their 23 kicks coming from the half backs, no doubt planned. Six of the Bok kicks came from fullback Johan Goosen, most of them under pressure.

With fans clamouring for more “Lions rugby” from the Boks, perhaps it should be about learning to crawl before walking, let alone sprinting.

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2 Comments

  1. Lets hope that Springbok rugby and the coach sit down and have a good long look at what they want to do. I think just like New Zealand cricket, the English one day side who after a good drubbing made a stand and decided to play a new style of game all of there own no matter what and now they see the benefits. Springbok rugby should be looking at Japan 2019 and only that. we have 3 years for the plan to come together, but you need to start now, choose players who will be at their best then not now.We lost to the all blacks badly this weekend,but England in November at Twickenham is going to be a lot worst if we do not change and find our new identity

    1. Jules! Nice one my friend. My concern is the lack of general rugby IQ amongst our players. They tend to be specialists in their own positions without giving a hell of a lot of thought to the game – and game plan – in general. Could they do this? Sweeping generalisation of course!!

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