No holding back for ferocious Boks

Tue, 17 Jun 2014 08:52
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Springbok backline coach Ricardo Loubscher has heaped praise on the Springboks but he is looking for an 80 minute performance in Nelspruit

Springbok backline coach Ricardo Loubscher has been full of praise for his backs but warns that they will need to be better when facing the wounded Dragons in Nelspruit.
The South African backline absolutely tore apart the traveling Welsh from the get go when Willie le Roux and Morné Steyn linked up to get Bryan Habana over the try-line in the first 10 minutes.
The second half was a different affair all together with South Africa only scoring 10 points to match Wales' tally.
The Welsh got themselves back into the game thanks to mainly to the Springbok effort faltering slightly as well as the visitors getting more and more opportunities at the breakdown to spoil the home team's quick ball.
Loubscher has said he is looking for more of the same from the Boks in Nelspruit but concedes that they must make it a full game effort.
"I am quite happy with the performance, especially with the first half, but there is lots of work do be done from the second half," Loubscher said.
"We created a few opportunities in the first half and what was nice to see is that we converted those opportunities.
"This week there are a few things to work on but I was definitly happy in the first half."
Despite being a backline player and coach, Loubscher even had some praise left over for the forwards, hoping they would aid his charges again this coming weekend.
"It all started with the forwards giving us a good platform so it was easy for the backs to get some momentum and onto the front foot and actually convert those opportunities.
"Hopefully they can do the same on the upcoming weekend," he added. 
The talk around the Republic has focused heavily on the impact that creative fullback Willie le Roux had on the game and Loubscher was hopeful that the magic-man could reproduce his fine performance.
"The value that Willie [Le Roux] brings to the team is immense," continued Loubscher.
"He is a special player, he has that spark that we just sometimes need as a team and I think he brings that to the team.
"We are happy with his performance so hopefully we can see the same on the weekend."
When ever a team is wounded or humiliated there is often talk of a backlash. Wales are a proud rugby nation and will not lie down easily as easily in Nelspruit. 
"I am not sure about a backlash, but they will come back much stronger. The key focus for us this week is, that we are not happy with out second half, so that is definitly something for us to work on.
"For us, it is all about making sure we are chasing that small detail and to see if we can rectify those mistakes especially in the second half, we want to make sure we get the details right and we have spent a lot of focus on that.
"If you look at the second half performance, I think we just lost a little of our shape, it was not so much the injuries or changes, it is just small details that we need to rectify and it is not down to personal, it is more about execution," concluded the assistant coach.