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Coetzee : Springboks will have to fire in all departments




South Africa’s head coach Allister Coetzee has admitted that the Springboks will have to be on top of their game if they are to beat New Zealand’s All Blacks in the Rugby Championship.

When the teams last met the All Blacks outscored the Springboks by six tries to one in the 41-13 victory which effectively made the All Blacks the Rugby Championship winners.

“You’ve got to make sure that you fire in all departments,” Coetzee told Sport24.

“New Zealand capitalise on soft moments in the game. You saw against Argentina how with 10 minutes to go in the first half they just turned it around and scored three quick tries.

“In the last 20 minutes they have that self-belief that they are fitter than anyone else in the competition.”

The match will be South Africa’s final match in the Rugby Championship before their end of year tour which starts next month with a match at Wembley Stadium in London against the British Barbarians with a match against England at Twickenham a week later.

While facing the All Blacks is always a daunting task the Springboks had a boost in confidence last week as they ended a three Test losing streak by beating Australia at Loftuis Versfeld.

Coetzee says that the Springboks will have to protect the ball, be patient and maintain their composure against the All Blacks this weekend in Durban.

“For us, it’s important to just be consistent,” Coetzee added.

“If we are consistent when we turn ball over on the ground, it creates so much opportunity.

“To just get through those two more passes or rucks and get that accuracy. You cannot give them anything on a platter. It has to be consistency for 80 minutes against a top team.”

Springbok flanker Francois Louw is adamant that the All Blacks can be beaten but acknowledged that the Springboks could be a lot more clinical than they have been.

“We’re a side that wants to continuously improve. In all the Tests that we’ve played we’ve shown moments of brilliance. Our most lacking factor has been the consistency,” Louw said.

“In Test match rugby when the margins are so small you need to be consistent and execute effectively.

“Test match rugby is not about thinking positive … you really have to dig deep sometimes and find the thing that motivates you as an individual to hit your form and peak at the right time and play a solid game for 80 minutes.

“I highly doubt there is a South African rugby player that doesn’t find that bit of motivation when they go up against the All Blacks. We will prepare well this week, we’ll train well and work on what we need to.”

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