These Boks mean business
6 Jun 2006
Scotland assistant George Graham admits the Springbok side for Saturday’s Test will pose a far greater threat to the one that struggled against the World XV.
With Jake White set to recall many of his first-choice players for the Durban clash, the Scottish aren’t analysing the Boks’ performance at Ellis Park too carefully.
“It was an interesting game from a coaching point of view but with that in mind it is clear that tactics employed this weekend will not be similar, which we saw then,” said Graham. “Clearly Jake was trying out various combinations and he probably learnt more from that game than we did. Of course the Springboks will be a different force with their big guns back in action.”
On a question of tactical advantages from the Ellis Park game Graham said: “We can only do so much analysing. Obviously you get some points but in general we really got nothing to work on.
“We can only work on what we are going to do. We are more interested in getting our side of the game right and let the Springboks worry about their approach.”
While Scotland are full of confidence after beating France and England in the Six Nations, they won’t be as fresh as the Boks.
“Naturally there is always the question of fatigue at the end of a long season,” said Graham. “But we have looked after the boys and we have tried to manage them accordingly at our preparatory workouts.”