Jean de Villiers stressed the Springboks can and will raise their game even further in the coming weeks.
The Boks have played perfect Test match rugby that suited their strengths on the past two weekends, and the outcome has been a couple of comprehensive victories over the All Blacks. De Villiers, who played his 50th Test, lauded the approach and said it was far from boring.
‘We know what will make us successful as a team, and we are following that recipe,’ De Villiers told keo.co.za. ‘We’ve looked at the guys we have and it suits us to play this way. It’s not boring at all, technically it’s spot on and it’s what is needed at the time.
‘We all assess the situation and see what’s on. There will be times when we can throw the ball around and add an attacking dimension to our game, but it’s not that time yet. The quality aspect of this side is our variety.
‘The greatest thing is we are not happy with where we are. There is definitely more in the tank.’
The kick and chase game, which relies on stern defence, may sound simple, but De Villiers said how the Boks apply it is vital.
‘How we bring that plan together is what is crucial, and that’s what makes it successful. The execution of those kicks to ensure they land where we want them to, as well as the defensive lines takes a lot of work.
‘We haven’t won the Tri-Nations yet and we’ll look at the mistakes on Monday and rectify them,’ he said.
De Villiers says it is the high standards individuals set that makes the entire squad strive for perfection.
‘The guys don’t only do their job, they do that extra bit to make cover tackles or whatever is needed at the time. There are a great bunch of guys in the changing room and we are more like friends. There is a deep trust where we know the guy standing next to you won’t drop you.’
By Grant Ball, at King’s Park