Rudolph Jacobs
Rugby Journalist
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16 Nov 2013
7:00 am

Boks focus on discipline

Rudolph Jacobs

In order for the Springboks to score their ninth Test win in 11 starts this year, it's imperative they focus strongly on their overall discipline not just at the scrums and breakdowns.

PIVOT. Pat Lambie, above, has a chance to impress Springbok coach Heyneke Meyer at Murrayfield tomorrow. Picture: Gallo Images.

Bok coach Heyneke Meyer enthused last week about the three unanswered tries they ran in against a good Welsh side, but needs further improvement against Scotland at Murrayfield tomorrow.

“We got our tour off to a good start last week against Wales in Cardiff and the focus this week has been on further improvement in a number of key areas of the game, most notably our discipline,” he said.

Yellow cards have become a bit of an Achilles heel for the Boks with flank Francois Louw and prop Coenie Oosthuizen somewhat harshly being carded last week.

“In the Rugby Championship, we conceded the fewest penalties, but last week against Wales we were penalised too much,” conceded Meyer.

“It’s something that is very important to us and we are working very hard on our discipline.”

While emphasis has been placed on the performance of Pat Lambie this week, Meyer also admitted he was excited about how lock Bakkies Botha will perform in the twilight of his career.

“It has been great to have Bakkies back. His enthusiasm has been contagious and the younger guys have already learned a lot from spending time with him,” said Meyer.

While he might have missed the plot by not starting young Pieter-Steph du Toit, who has failed to make the match-day squad, Meyer has no doubts about his decision to start Bismarck du Plessis and Beast Mtawarira on the bench.

“Gurthro Steenkamp and Adriaan Strauss, who will take over the vice-captaincy as well, have been part of the squad for a long time and will slot in easily,” said Meyer.