RE: Etzebeth the key to beating the ABs
August 24, 2013, 01:42:51
Etzebth spearheads the physicality of the boks, and combined with the backrow we have the most physical pack in the world
For the Springboks it is about implementing our game plan which is firstly dominating the physicality collisions- and then getting quick ball for our strong carriers to run onto over and over again.
This pull in opposition defenders and creates space through the middle or out wide, and also tires the opposition out being pulled into tacking our runners at full speed.
This goes back long before Meyer took over the reins.
The key to achieving this is controlling our own possesion at the rucks, as well as applying pressure on opposition ball.
If we can't do this then the most physical pack in world rugby will get blunted and be ineffective.
We have seen when playing against some teams especially Scotland and the All Blacks, that when the boks allow the opposition to constantly interfere at the rucks we fall apart.
Scotlands is not a great team but they are good at the rucks, and they especially know how to stop the Springbok juggernaught pack from getting momentum.
Meyer has identified that the rucking of the boks is not up to standard.
Recently a rucking specialist from Scotland has joined the coaching team.
This should help to stop Mccaw & Co from jumping all over the ball and the ground.
England were the most effective team at blunting the All Blacks at the rucks last year.
The All Blacks defence showed it was not that strong when teams gain parity at the rucks, or even dominate them.
The Boks could choose more mobile looseforwards, but then our pack would not have the same ball carriers to dominate the line of advantage.
It is a case of having these carriers but still being able to recycle our own possesion quickly.
We have seen an improvement of where our ruck play was for much of least year. Given that backline attack is also much better, we shall see an improved performance.
Argentina were not great, but the scoreline by the boks was much better in the same game at this time last year.
The All Blacks play their own game plan. It is about getting the ball wide as quick as possibale and using the passing skills of their backs to move the ball from side to side until an overlap happens or a mismatch occurs- like a wing runnning at a prop.
The All Blacks then have most of their forwards as fetchers rather than carriers.
Carriers are about dominating the line of advantage, and fetchers are about ball retention.
The boks have more carriers than fetchers, so we like to dominate in the forwards before going straight through or wide when overlaps arise.
The All Blacks have a pack of fetchers that are smaller and more mobile so they can get to the ball first on their own possesion when the backs put it wide from side to side, and then also to get turnovers on opposition ball to counter attack from the backs.
This is driven by having a backline that has the best passing skills in the world.
If the boks play our game plan is about having more carriers that are not as mobile but stronger to dominate the advantage line.
We dont spread the ball from side to side with the backs non stop- Instead we first do multiple pick and carries in the forwards, and as long as we recycle quick ball we will dominate the line of advantage.
This will lead to recieving penalties which will lead to further domination of territory, and also gaps straight through or out wide for our speedy backs to run onto.
As long as we can retain possesion quickly at the rucks we do not need to go wide until an overlap happens as we can dominate the advantage line.
This allow our stronger carriers to keep running onto ball at full speed.
We then batter the opposition until a gap appears in the middle or out wide and then we spread the ball.
We do not need a pack of small fetchers becuase we do not pass it out to the backs right away to pass the ball from side to side of the field non stop.
It is only when the Boks are poor at the rucks that we cant implement our game plan.
Our backs on attack and in defence are much better than a year ago, and our rucking has also improved.