Ex-Boks slam White

Former Bok fullback Johan Heunis and scrumhalf Divan Serfontein have criticised Jake White’s conservative game plan.

Speaking at a Boots & All function on Thursday night, the ex-Boks held nothing back in their assessment of the current side.

“It’s difficult to watch the Boks not doing the basics well,” said Heunis. “They are so caught up in the technical stuff that they forget to play their natural game. When you play to a very structured pattern, as the Boks have, you don’t play the game as you see it.

“The Boks seem to focus on keeping possession through first, second and third phase, but have no desire to break the line. I would love to see the guys playing with more freedom.”

Serfontein has been one of White’s biggest critics this season, and the former Bok captain continued to point out where the coach had gone wrong.

“There’s too much analysis going on, and we need a coach who can get the guys to play, not just with a defensive game plan,” he said. “I think we were lucky to beat the All Blacks in Rustenburg. It was more a case of the All Blacks losing the game than the Boks winning it.”

Serfontein also blamed Saru for the Boks’ poor results. “What wrong with SA Rugby? It’s more a case of asking what’s right,” he said. “Our rugby structures are totally wrong. We don’t identify talent properly at a Craven Week level. Then when these schoolboys go to play club rugby, there aren’t U20 teams, because the club structure is so bad. How many good players quit because of that?”