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Concern over Boks' poor performance against Wales

By unknown | Jun 17, 2008 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Meshack Khotha

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There is a lot of work to be done by Springboks coach Peter de Villiers, pictured, ahead of the Tri-Nations which kick off on July 5.

This after the world champions survived an onslaught from the much-improved Wales before crashing them 37-21 in the final Test at Loftus on Saturday. At some stage, the hosts showed some cracks in defence and were almost embarrassed by the visitors, who led 21-20 in the 60th minute.

But the Boks bounced back and landed 17 points, much to the relief of the fans. De Villiers will get an opportunity to tighten up the loose ends when they face Italy in Cape Town on Saturday.

De Villiers was disappointed by the team's below-par showing on Saturday and believes there is still a lot to be done to set a proper platform.

"We need to find good combinations and build a solid foundation if we hope to be a team to be reckoned with," said a concerned De Villiers.

The Boks lost concentration, committed unnecessary mistakes on the line-outs and backline and also lost possession, especially in tackles.

However, De Villiers praised the Six Nations champions for their great showing though they lost. "They played as true champions, and that is what Test rugby is all about," he said.


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