Springboks have plenty to improve on

Date published: October 21 2014

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Jean de Villiers isn’t assuming that because South Africa defeated New Zealand at Ellis Park that they’re the finished article.

Jean de Villiers isn’t assuming that because South Africa defeated New Zealand at Ellis Park that they’re the finished article.

The Boks are currently in Stellenbosch for a training camp ahead of the November Tests, when they will face Ireland, England, Italy and Wales in the space of four weeks.

De Villiers knows his squad are in a race against time to fine-tune certain aspects of their game, with the captain adding that all areas can be improved.

Counting down the matches to next year’s Rugby World Cup is inevitable with less than a year to go, when South Africa will be paired with Samoa, Scotland, USA and Japan.

“We have only eight games left before the World Cup starts which is not a lot for whatever you want to work on,” De Villiers told reporters.

“The games coming up give us an opportunity to try combinations and tactics but most important for us will be to pick up where we left off against the All Blacks and against Australia.

“We have a lot to work, we really need to work on all facets of our play.

“On attack, we need to work on decision-making, we made some basic errors in our last game against the All Blacks.

“We set high standard on our last tours to Europe and we want to keep that up.”

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