Bok pack relishing All Black clash

Date published: September 11 2018

South Africa assistant coach Matt Proudfoot says his side will play to their strengths when they face New Zealand in Wellington on Saturday.

Coming off the back of losses to Argentina and Australia, the Springboks are looking to put in a response against the pace-setting All Blacks.

Proudfoot has insisted this fixture will be settled up front and wants his charges to give a solid account of themselves at Westpac Stadium.

“I think a game between South Africa and New Zealand boils down to getting your basics right. So set-phase and the breakdown are two crucial areas for us because they have a fantastic scrum, they put your line-out under pressure and attack the gain-line,” he explained.

“We have the mentality that we’re looking to improve each week and as a pack we are relishing the opportunity to come out and show what we can do.”

Proudfoot admitted the two sides have contrasting styles but that was what makes matches between South Africa and New Zealand such fascinating prospects.

“That’s one of the aspects which makes a fixture between these rugby rivals such an interesting affair,” he added.

“We are going to play to our strengths and they will continue to play to their strengths. They have a particular style and we have our own style, and you’re not going to change the things what you’ve been doing for the past six weeks in the week before an All Blacks Test.”