Nkosi: Boks' Plan 'A' still good enough
REACTION: Springbok wing Sibusiso Nkosi has defended his team’s game plan after their 26-28 loss to the Wallabies.
South Africa’s weapon of choice over the years has been their driving maul and that was evident with the three tries they scored against the Wallabies at the weekend.
However, after this past Sunday’s performance, more questions have been raised about the Boks’ backline.
With Handre Pollard in the driving seat, the Bok backline hardly penetrated the Wallabies’ defence out wide and that should be a big worry for the Bok coaching staff.
“It’s hard to say whether our plan A didn’t work,” said Nkosi, who had a poor game out wide.
“We did score three maul tries and that is excellent.
“It is our discipline that lost us the game.
“They [Wallabies] managed to score 23 points of the tee, so I wouldn’t say we need a plan B on attack.
“Our attack worked very well.
“Our maul is an attacking set-piece and we scored three tries off it and well done to the forwards on that one.
“As a back, my responsibility is to get the forwards in those positions where they can assert their dominance on the opposition.
“That’s my feeling on everything.”
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Nkosi said his team’s execution was a concern heading into their Round Four match against the Wallabies.
“I think we can just boil it [defeat] down to execution. I don’t think we have to go back to the drawing board and change anything,” Nkosi explained.
“We got a solid plan that has turned us into world champions.
“We are still growing into that environment of being world champions and we are still learning how to be world champions.
“We are still going to grow that extra leg that gives us that ruthlessness to put teams away.
“I don’t think there is a whole lot of thinking to do. I just think we need to be better at executing our game plan. As we have seen in the past, it has got us a lot of success and we just need to get back to that.”