Assistant coach Johann van Graan says the Springboks have learned a thing or two from the All Blacks’ opponents this season.
The British & Irish Lions, Australia and Argentina were all able to disrupt the All Blacks attack by using a rush defence that cut down their space and time with ball in hand.
When asked on Wednesday whether the Springboks would do the same, Van Graan did not delve into specifics.
‘Watching [the Lions series] from at home in South Africa, it was a special series,’ he said. ‘They were three unbelievable Tests. It’s important to learn from other opposition, and mix that with what we are strong with.
‘There were key moments [in the Lions series] that made it a draw. We learned one or two things but we will just focus on our defence.’
While Bok coach Allister Coetzee said on Monday that the All Blacks were ‘vulnerable’, Van opted to talk them up.
‘They have a fantastic scrum, they’ve won something like 30 out of 30 scrums on their own ball over the past six Test matches,’ he said.
‘They are above 95% with their lineouts, they’ve scored the most tries from scrums in the world this year, and they have a pretty special defence.
‘There’s no real weaknesses I can see. We will just focus on ourselves and hopefully come up with a good performance.’
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