Loubscher: No major changes needed

Date published: October 9 2015

South African backline coach Ricardo Loubscher believes that there is no need for his charges to make any major changes ahead of the quarter-finals.

South Africa secured top spot of Pool B and with it a place in the last eight following the bonus point victory over the USA on Wednesday.

While Loubscher is happy with the overall execution from the team so far, he feels that the one aspect that the backline players need to improve is kicking.

"We still feel we can improve, especially our kicking game, we’re not happy with that," said the former Springbok.

"I just think our execution on the night wasn't that good. Decision-making was spot-on. What you don't want to do is to give the opposition a broken field to attack from. Our execution just let us down there, but we’ll have a look and review and see where we need to improve. The good thing is it isn't major changes that we need to do."

South Africa will have to wait for the result of the Australia/Wales clash to see who their quarter-final opponents are. Either way, Loubscher will be preparing his charges for high quality opposition.

"We look at two quality teams, world-class coaches,” added the former Sharks full-back

“We just have to make sure we prepare well. Both teams are in a good space, their confidence is up. We just need to make sure that we regroup; we’ve learned a lot of hard lessons over the last three weeks in terms of our results.

"I think both teams are dangerous. If you look at their backlines, they’ve got game-breakers all over the place. We've got a lot of confidence in our own abilities in the backline, we showed we can score tries."

However, the Springboks have a decent break until their knock-out clash, with kick-off only being on 17 October. Loubscher indicated that the team will enjoy some downtime after a manic few weeks that started with a shock loss to minnows Japan.

"We've just got to enjoy the next two or three days, relax a little bit, watch some rugby on TV. 

"The last three weeks it's been desperation but I must say we showed a lot of character to come back after the Japan loss. Everyone showed what we’re made of, as players, coaches and management.

"The pressure's still on. Next week is going to be different, the stakes are higher in terms of what we need to produce."