Saturday, June 12, 2010

Boks punish France for their mistakes

Boks punish France for their mistakes
June 12 2010 at 07:07PM
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Springbok coach Peter de Villiers said the big benefit his side will reap from their runaway win against France at Newlands is that the national rugby side can field a settled combination, regardless of the player staff, in the future.The Boks scored a comfortable 42-17 win against France on Saturday and just over a week ago, a vastly different run-on XV defeated Wales in Cardiff."I can honestly say that for the first time in two years I don't have any doubts about a player's ability to come up to scratch when he comes off the substitutes' bench," said De Villiers."While I was watching this year's Super 14 I gained a belief in the (new) players, and now they are paying back the trust I showed in them."We heard people say we picked a B team against Wales, but we (South Africa) will never be so disrespectful towards our opponents."What we've done with our selections (of the two Test teams) is to give ourselves an opportunity ahead of the Tri-Nations and the (2011) Rugby World Cup to settle down as a combination, and that we have it spot on about who are our best choices."We will never stop trying to do our best, and what we saw from this team against France was heartening."This French side is not your conventional French side and they have a style that is similar to ours (South Africa)."This win was achieved against a French side that was bulkier, and more physical than past French sides."France coach Marc Lievremont said his team will want to erase the memories of the match as quickly as they can. He remarked that the team came off a difficult week because of the World Cup distractions in Cape Town throughout the week."The (heavy) defeat is hard to us to accept, but we knew it was going to be intense," said Lievremont."We had a bad start to the match and it was difficult to come back from that position."This French side has had a fantastic season and today's problem was more mental because physically we were up to it."One thing we saw again today was that if you give South Africa opportunities they will punish your mistakes. - Sapa

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