Rudolph Jacobs
Rugby Journalist
1 minute read
13 Nov 2013
6:00 am

Making amends before Scotland

Rudolph Jacobs

The Springboks' early defensive lapses last weekend against Wales shouldn't be laid solely at the door of the returning, but experienced centre Jaque Fourie.

FILE PICTURE: John McFarland. Picture: Steve Haag/Gallo Images.

The Bok midfield was ripped open twice inside the first 10 minutes by Welsh centre Jonathan Davies before he left the field with a chest injury, but Bok defensive coach John McFarland said it’s things that could and will be straightened out before the Scotland Test this Sunday.

“I recall there was the one incident where Davies cut through, while with the second linebreak I suspected there was a little bit of obstruction,” said McFarland.

Fourie, who played in his 70th Test and his first since the 2011 World Cup quarterfinal, got more settled as the game wore on and in the end he was involved in a moment of individual brilliance when he set up Fourie du Preez’s try.

“I have been impressed with Jaque in terms of his organisation, communication, his talking, everything,” said McFarland who is also working for the first time with Fourie as a player.

“It takes time for guys to get back in at any level.”

And as pointed out by Bok coach Heyneke Meyer, to score three unanswered tries on Welsh soil takes some doing, and McFarland said he has to laud the guys’ commitment on defence.

“There were no more linebreaks in the second half and there was nothing in the last 70 minutes of the game,” he said.

McFarland said while Pat Lambie will be more than ready to step up this weekend should flyhalf Morne Steyn not recover in time, he also mentioned what a challenge at breakdown Scotland will bring after the Boks struggled to beat them 30-17 in Nelspruit in June, with Scotland rocking the Bok ship leading 10-6 at halftime.

“Nelspruit was a really tough Test for us, they really played well,” he said.