Planet Rugby

Spencer criticises SA style of play

25th July 2014 06:37

Share:

Carlos Spencer Lions 2012

Carlos Spencer: Wants players to express themselves

Eastern Province Kings coach Carlos Spencer has criticised South African rugby's conservative style of play and wants his side to implement an expansive game-plan in the Currie Cup.

The former All Blacks fly-half said while South Africa had a plethora of rugby talent, the players were often prevented from expressing themselves.

"There is definitely talent in this country, they just need to have the freedom and the abilities to show it," said Spencer.

"The thing that frustrates me at the moment living here is to see these players not having the freedom and licence to express themselves.

"Hopefully I can give it to the players, I definitely know I can, they just need to make the most of it."

Spencer hopes to imprint his own flamboyant style from his playing days on the Port Elizabeth-based side, who are returning to the top tier of the South African domestic game.

"I want to give the players licence and the freedom to express themselves," he added.

"At the same time it is important to have structure, but it is not to put a strangle on them and say they must do this for 75 or 79 minutes."

Spencer said while it would be foolish to completely ignore structured rugby, the side would reflect what he had learned from other coaches and his own style as a player.

"It is a bit of a merger of about everything, the way I was as a player and the coaches I've been involved with as a player," he explained.

"At the same time I've been here [in South Africa] for the last four years, so there might be a little bit of South African influence."

Spencer, who was appointed head coach in February, said he had four months to prepare his charges for the pressures of top-flight rugby.

"We've had a good opportunity and window, I suppose, where I was able to take 15 or 16 players out of the Vodacom Cup where I spent time with those players to work on their strength and conditioning," he said.

"The four months for them was relatively hard but it is a window we made good use of, and to get that kind of window these days with the amount of rugby [being played] is pretty good."

Spencer would not make predictions on his side's prospects in this year's competition, but instead said he had a longer-term goal in mind.

He viewed his main responsibility to lift the team to Super Rugby standards before their reintroduction to that competition in 2016.

"It is great for the province and the players being back in the Currie Cup," he said.

"You can see a future for the youngsters coming through.

"Our main focus, to be honest, is probably 2016 when we get back into Super Rugby.

"If you look that far ahead, we don't want to go into that competition just as being just another number, we want to be competitive."

The Kings mentor said he was nevertheless well aware of the challenge his side would face in the Currie Cup.

Although he had confidence in their preparations in the build-up to the start of the competition, their biggest challenge would be to adjust to the increased intensity and tempo at that level.

"In terms of where we are, I am reasonably happy but I know and understand that once Currie Cup comes it will be a lot more difficult and the challenge will be even bigger," he said.

"As a province, coach and players we understand that and it is one we are looking forward to.

"The guys are definitely ready physically and mentally, so we just have to go out there and show what we've got and hit the pitch running."

The Kings will start their Currie Cup campaign against last year's losing finalists Western Province in Port Elizabeth on August 8.

Forthcoming Fixtures
FixtureDetails
All times are local
Aviva Premiership
Friday , September 19
Gloucester vs Exeter19:45
Saturday , September 20
Sale vs London Welsh14:00
London Irish vs Saracens15:00
Harlequins vs Wasps15:00
Bath vs Leicester15:15
Sunday , September 21
Newcastle vs Northampton14:00
More Aviva Premiership fixtures
Guinness PRO12
Friday , September 19
Munster vs Zebre19:30
Cardiff Blues vs Ulster19:35
Connacht vs Leinster19:35
Saturday , September 20
Newport Gwent D'gons vs Glasgow14:40
Scarlets vs Benetton Treviso18:00
Sunday , September 21
Ospreys vs Edinburgh16:00
More Guinness PRO12 fixtures
Top 14
Friday , September 19
Brive vs Toulon18:00
Saturday , September 20
Racing Metro Paris vs Toulouse18:00
La Rochelle vs Bordeaux-Begles18:00
Clermont Auvergne vs Lyon18:00
Castres vs Oyonnax18:00
Grenoble vs Bayonne18:00
Montpellier vs Stade Francais18:00
More Top 14 fixtures
Currie Cup
Friday , September 19
Lions vs Pumas19:10
Saturday , September 20
Western Province vs Griquas15:00
Blue Bulls vs Sharks17:05
Eastern Province Kings vs Cheetahs19:10
More Currie Cup fixtures
ITM Cup
Wednesday, September 17
Southland vs TasmanSouthland vs Tasman Preview
Thursday , September 18
Northland vs Taranaki19:35
More ITM Cup fixtures
Recent Results
FixtureDetails
All times are local
Aviva Premiership
Sunday , September 14
Wasps 20 - 16 NorthamptonWasps vs Northampton Report
Newcastle 18 - 20 London IrishNewcastle vs London Irish Report
More Aviva Premiership results
Guinness PRO12
Cardiff Blues 12 - 33 GlasgowCardiff Blues vs Glasgow Report
More Guinness PRO12 results
Top 14
Bordeaux-Begles 27 - 21 MontpellierBordeaux-Begles vs Montpellier Report
More Top 14 results
ITM Cup
Waikato 26 - 21 Counties ManukauWaikato vs Counties Manukau Report
Hawkes Bay 41 - 0 Otago
More ITM Cup results
Aviva Premiership
Saturday , September 13
Gloucester 34 - 27 Sale SharksGloucester vs Sale Sharks Report
Bath 53 - 26 London WelshBath vs London Welsh Report
Exeter 20 - 24 LeicesterExeter vs Leicester Report
More Aviva Premiership results
Rugby Championship
New Zealand 14 - 10 South AfricaNew Zealand vs South Africa Report
Australia 32 - 25 ArgentinaAustralia vs Argentina Report
More Rugby Championship results
Guinness PRO12
Leinster 42 - 12 ScarletsLeinster vs Scarlets Report
More Guinness PRO12 results
Top 14
Toulouse 9 - 13 Clermont AuvergneToulouse vs Clermont Auvergne Report
Racing Metro Paris 28 - 11 LyonRacing Metro Paris vs Lyon Report
Bayonne 23 - 6 Brive
Oyonnax 40 - 27 Grenoble
Toulon 24 - 28 Stade FrancaisToulon vs Stade Francais Report
More Top 14 results
Currie Cup
Griquas 31 - 27 PumasGriquas vs Pumas Report
Cheetahs 30 - 30 SharksCheetahs vs Sharks Report
Lions 35 - 33 Western ProvinceLions vs Western Province Report
More Currie Cup results
ITM Cup
Bay Of Plenty 12 - 27 AucklandBay Of Plenty vs Auckland Report
Southland 36 - 34 Northland
More ITM Cup results
Aviva Premiership
Friday , September 12
Harlequins 0 - 39 SaracensHarlequins vs Saracens Report
More Aviva Premiership results
Guinness PRO12
Benetton Treviso 10 - 21 MunsterBenetton Treviso vs Munster Report
Newport Gwent D'gons 15 - 17 Ospreys
More Guinness PRO12 results
Aviva Premiership Table
PosTeamPPts
1Saracens29
2Bath29
3Leicester Tigers29
4Exeter26
5Northampton26