Jake White has told the New Zealand media the Boks will use the rush defence against the All Blacks on Saturday.
With convener of selectors Peter Jooste having told the Kiwis that Butch James will be kicking to the corners and that the Boks believe the All Blacks don’t have the patience of the Aussies and crack under pressure, White has given the opposition another insight into what to expect.
He said the rush defence would again be the system used to combat New Zealand, emphasising that it had been successful against the All Blacks for the last two years.
“It’s been working for us and we got it wrong at the weekend. We had different personnel. But to change it now would be (wrong) … it’s about making sure we stick to things we do best,” White told the media. “Rush defence is just that – rushing off your line. No 1 we didn’t get into place quick enough. And No 2 we were pinged a few times when we were overeager and we went back into our shells. Once you have a rush defence standing still, it’s not a rush defence any more and you then end up getting exploited.”
James has been bracketed with Meyer Bosman to play flyhalf against the All Blacks.
James has played no international rugby since the 53-3 defeat against England in 2002, but White was confident the Natalian was capable of giving the Boks a defensive edge.
“Defensively we need to look at that channel. He has experience. He has kicked for goals at test level so he’s a backup there. He has only been out of our squad because of injury so between now and the World Cup he will be worked in. But we will see how he fits in this week in terms of combinations with his outside backs.”
A final decision on James will be made in the next 24 hours. The player would have had one run with the squad since arriving in New Zealand late on Tuesday.