Springboks focused on delivering results

Date published: June 7 2016

Springboks assistant coach Johann van Graan believes that his team need to focus on results in order to develop a winning culture.

South Africa play Ireland in the first of three Test matches at Newlands Stadium in Cape Town on Saturday. 

New head coach Alistair Coetzee will want to get the public behind the team with a good performance in his first match in-charge of the national team.

And Van Graan told the media in Cape Town that the team is focused on delivering results.

"The coach has made it very clear from the beginning that it’s a new start, but he’s here to win Test matches," Van Graan said.

Van Graan added that South Africa will have to play intelligently in order to get the better of Ireland.

"A Test match is a Test match. Obviously we’re going to do some new things, but a game of rugby is about decision making,” he explained.

"If the defence dominates you, you’ve got to exit and get in their half. If you get front-foot ball then you dominate the defence.

"It’s play by play for 80 minutes and you’ve got to grind. I can’t see it being any different, especially in the first 20 minutes.

"It’ll be collisions. They’ve got a fantastic rush defence … they’ve got good guys on the ground.

"Experimentation, yes, but it’s about making good decisions and winning the Test match."