Springboks aren’t boring, says coach after All Blacks boss falls asleep – .

Springboks aren’t boring, says coach after All Blacks boss falls asleep – .

Johannesburg (AFP)

South Africa assistant coach Deon Davids insisted on Monday the world champions aren’t boring after New Zealand head coach Ian Foster said watching them ‘fall asleep’ .

The All Blacks manager spoke to reporters the day after South Africa equalized a three-test series against the British and Irish Lions by winning the second 27-9 in Cape Town this weekend.

“There is a plan behind everything. When we do things, it’s not about being boring, it’s about understanding what we want to accomplish, ”Davids said in an online press conference.

“In doing so, we create enough opportunities to play with the ball in hand and score tries. I believe in our approach and where it takes us.

“I wasn’t with the team at the time, but the same story was present when the Springboks won the 2019 rugby championship. It was the same when they won the Rugby World Cup la same year. “

Foster, who took over from Steve Hansen as All Blacks boss after the World Cup two years ago, told reporters the second test was no fun.

“It put me to sleep,” he frankly judged a match that lasted 126 minutes instead of the regulatory 80 due to endless stops for disciplinary decisions, a mini brawl and injuries.

Foster said the series was a big showdown because the Springboks and Lions used similar approaches to the game.

“It became a very tight, almost risk-free type of series. The teams are almost afraid to play, they are relying on a low risk strategy.

“So we see teams who are desperate to win a great series by playing low risk and very effective rugby.

“Both are good for close contact, close combat, kicking and chasing and pressure play. We have two teams playing a similar style. It’s a bit of a slugfest. “

Foster says neither South Africa nor the Lions are comfortable playing against the speed of the line, which is why they use kicking games.

“This is the rugby test match where the stakes are high – it’s all the risk versus the reward, isn’t it? ” he added.

“You have two teams with really strong line speed.

“We (New Zealand) have been criticized in the past for not being able to play around and through line speed, but what you see are two teams that also don’t like playing against line speed. line. “

“So what are they doing? They kick. This is the answer if you are not ready to play a game a little more risky. “


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