Sat 2 Oct 2021 | 04:59

Bok coach hails 'excellent' bomb squad

Bok coach hails 'excellent' bomb squad
Sat 2 Oct 2021 | 04:59
Bok coach hails 'excellent' bomb squad
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REACTION: Springbok head coach Jacques Nienaber said a better use of his replacements made the difference in his team’s final-round Rugby Championship clash against the All Blacks.

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The Boks came back from a nine-point deficit in a see-sawing match to beat their arch-rivals 31-29 on the Gold Coast on Saturday.

Nienaber replaced the whole front row after 38 minutes and started the second half with Frans Steyn at fullback.

He also gave Elton Jantjies a solid run with the left-footer rewarding him with a well-taken drop goal – his first in green and gold – and the match-winning penalty goal.

“As I mentioned last week, I wanted to use Elton [in the Round Five match against NZ], but then had the injury to Marco van Staden which prevented that as we might have finished the game with 14 players [if Van Staden’s injury worsened],” Nienaber told reporters after the match.

“This time I decided to use them much earlier and I think we were doing much better today in that regard.

“Elton was awesome when he came on, and Frans Steyn was brilliant.

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“Willie did some good things, and did make some mistakes, but I wanted to bring in Frans for the 50/22 kicks. He trained well with us and did very well when called upon.”

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‘They emptied their tanks’

Nienaber also explained why he replaced the front row before the half-time whistle.

Steven Kitshoff, Vincent Koch and Malcolm Marx came onto the field to replace Ox Nche, Trevor Nyakane and Bongo Mbonambi.

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“We see them as a combination and the minutes played will never be the same.

“The moment we felt the first group has done their job; we will bring on the second group,” Nienaber explained.

“Today they emptied their tanks after 38 minutes and I replaced them when they did their job.

“After last week, I decided we should make use of our subs and I thought they were all excellent tonight.”

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