Ahead of the All Blacks much anticipated Rugby World Cup clash against the Springboks on Saturday in Yokohama, halfback Aaron Smith said the South Africa’s much discussed defensive plan had been very obvious the last two times they played them.
Rassie Erasmus’s men had a proper plan around their defensive game and filling the field with numbers.
When the Springboks played against Japan in a warm-up game, the Boks displayed similar intent in their defensive plan and their kicking game.
On the hand, wing-fullback Ben Smith hinted that New Zealand will be targeting the Springboks wings. He said that the Springboks’s wings did take ‘a bit of a punt’ at times in rushing infield in defence and the All Blacks had been working on ways to cope with that tactic.
“It is a bit of a gamble, if they do it right they can shut down our attack. If we can execute our plans that we are going to put into place then that will give us an opportunity as well.”
The Springboks will probably play a kicking game and Smith said his side is aware of that and they will be up for the challenge when the Springboks put high balls up. “It is just executing our plans around that and being comfortable with it,” said Smith