Springboks useless at breakdown
September 10, 2012, 12:12:06
A lot of people are saying this and that about Morne and weaknesses in our backline...although, that kick-off that Mvovo butchered was just a joke, but the problems all lie with the forwards in my opinion. At the breakdown we are not even in the same class. That is where Argentina and the Auzzies totally outplayed us. We can't protect our own ball at the breakdown, and even when we are able to re-gather our ball, we seem to be under so much pressure that we can do nothing with it. As for their ball, we just have to rely on mistakes by them, like all those aimless kicks by the Auzzies in the first half, to get hold of the ball. I don't know where this idea comes from that we have a good scrum, because I can't remember the last time we really dominated either the "perpetually weak" Auzzies or the AB's. But getting back to my original point, our backs are getting crap ball because our forwards just are'nt able to take control at breakdown time.
I understand why our backs keep on kicking the ball, because when they try to run it, they have to rely on our forwards to protect the ball, and our forwards can't do that. The only part of the Bok game that seemed to be working on Saturday, was the kicking, even the Aus commentators said so. No we need to get our forwards playing properly, and then we may start playing decent rugby.