Boks to target ‘human’ Carter

All Black fly-half Dan Carter is not superman and can be forced into mistakes. This is the message from Springbok backline coach Allister Coetzee, ahead of the Tri-Nations showdown between South Africa and New Zealand on Saturday.

Coetzee, speaking to the media at the Bok practice, made it clear that Carter will be a a marked man.

The Boks’ backline coach said they will use the same tactics they employed against Wallaby pivot Stephen Larkham in South Africa’s 22-19 win over the Australians last week.

“We rushed Larkham and if you look at the first dropped goal from the touchline [by replacement Francois Steyn], it was pressure from [scrum-half] Ruan [[Pienaar] and he couldn’t get the ball into touch,” Coetzee said.

“Of course Carter is human. He showed it when we played them in Cape Town [2005] and we put him under pressure. Ricky Januarie played that game and that was his instruction to make sure we closed that space down.

“If you stand back and wait for the New Zealanders they’ll run you to pieces.”

Coetzee added that the Boks will also target the set pieces.

Denying the All Blacks quality ball is another way of keeping Carter in check.

Coetzee expects the All Blacks to throw the ball around and counter-attack, an approach he insisted his side were prepared to take as well.

“We’re playing against real athletes this weekend. I’d like to think they’ll play a bit of an expansive game as well, instead of kicking it down the middle like they have done in the past with us.”

The All Blacks coaches have distanced themselves from saying this Test has any relevance to the World Cup, but the Springboks are eyeing it a dress rehearsal for the final in Paris on October 20.

“It means a lot. You’ve got win five games to get to the final, this is our fifth Test so it’s exactly a dress rehearsal for World Cup, to play five tough games and make sure you win it,” Coetzee said.

“This game has got all the relevance of a final, absolutely.”

 

365 Digital

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