De Villiers backs his 'evolving' Boks

Date published: September 5 2014

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South Africa captain Jean de Villiers has underlined the importance of the Springboks playing to their strengths whilst also evolving.

South Africa captain Jean de Villiers has underlined the importance of the Springboks playing to their strengths whilst also evolving.

Two mixed performance in the two victories over Argentina have left South Africa open to criticism, particularly in regard to their efforts at the set-piece.

De Villiers, speaking in Perth ahead of Saturday's Test, stated clearly that relying on traditional 'Springbok rugby' strengths was no bad thing, but that the aim now was to add layers on top of that structure.

“We are trying to evolve as a team. We are always going to rely what made us a good team, what Springbok rugby is all about,” said De Villiers.

“That will always be there for us and that's not negotiable.

“If we can add to that and try evolving around that then we can only become a better team and I think we have done that in a way.

“We need to stay strong in the areas that we have generally been strong at for a century or so, tomorrow may be occasion when we need that where the forwards will have to be at their best. The Wallabies have improved in that regard.”

Perth has been a happy hunting ground for the Springboks; they have won three and drawn one of their seven Tests in Western Australia.

“They have a lot to play for and they have their goals, and we have our goals set as well,” added De Villiers.

“We would like to get to the number one and strive to be the best in the world.

“It's much easier said than done. We do know that the Wallabies will be a massive threat for us, but it's a challenge that we are excited about and we are looking forward to it.”

The game will also be Springbok winger Bryan Habana's 100th Test, while de Villiers is just one match behind him.

“The fact Bryan is playing his 100th gives (this Test) a different feel. It would be great to make it a special day for him.”

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