You call us boring… but we don’t care! South Africa boss Rassie Erasmus vows to stick by his ‘dull’ tactics as he plots England’s downfall in Saturday’s Rugby World Cup final
- South Africa have been criticised for their style of play at the Rugby World Cup
- But Rassie Erasmus is not flustered and has justified his team’s approach
- South Africa will continue with their tactics in a bid to nullify England in the final
The Boks might be boring, but their boss Rassie Erasmus does not care.
South Africa have faced criticism for their limited, combative style at the World Cup – especially against against Wales.
They kicked the ball 41 times against Warren Gatland’s side, and won 19-16 with a largely limited game-plan – using their massive pack and strong mauling game, with little ingenuity on show.
South Africa have been criticised for their style at the Rugby World Cup – but they don’t care
Rassie Erasmus says the style of the Boks has been necessary as they take ‘a certain route’
But Erasmus is not bothered, as long as his side wins their third World Cup, highlighting the fact that they have had to battle their way to this point.
If South Africa can bludgeon their way past England in Yokohama on Saturday, there will be little concern for the style they have done it in.
‘If one understands where we have come from – we have been No 6, 7 and 8 in the world – we have got certain challenges and one of them was to redeem ourselves and become a power again in world rugby and try and get to No 1 or 2,’ Erasmus explained.
‘By doing that you have to have some building blocks in place and we have followed a certain route and play according to the stats and the way the game is being refereed currently and what gives you short term good results on the scoreboard.
‘We certainly accept that there are some things in our game that we have to improve and we take it on the chin and we will keep on improving that.
South Africa’s limited, combative style was highlighted in their semi-final win over Wales
‘But we have put ourselves in a position to maybe win the World Cup and we are in the final.
‘Yes we accept the criticism but we are also happy we are in a position to compete in a World Cup final which is ultimately where we want to be.
‘There’s not a hell of a lot in your tactics than you can change in six days.’
Erasmus is delighted to have a fully fit squad at his disposal, with Cheslin Kolbe now confirmed as fit to face England in Saturday’s final.
‘It’ll probably be exactly the same 23 (as faced Wales) but with Cheslin Kolbe being one of the guys that will probably come in,’ he said.
‘Our team selection won’t be far off from what we’ve been selecting the last couple of games. We’ll pretty much go with more or less the same team.’
Cheslin Kolbe is now confirmed as fit to face England in Saturday’s final in Yokohama