Springbok working on ‘finer details’

Date published: October 26 2016

Springbok assistant coach Johann van Graan said that the side are working on the 'finer details' ahead of their upcoming Tests.

The Springboks travel to the United Kingdom this weekend when they will resume training for their first game of the November Tests against the Barbarians on November 5 in London. The Springboks then play England, Italy and Wales on consecutive weekends.

Looking back at the three days of intensive training so far, Van Graan said the coaching staff was very satisfied with the effort of the 30-man squad.

"The new group of youngsters obviously brought a lot of excitement and energy with them," said Van Graan.

"We’ve had three fantastic days of training so far and the players have been brilliant in terms of their efforts on the training field."

Van Graan says the squad is spending a lot of time on finer details.

"For now we’ve spent quite a bit of time on the detail and next week we will focus more on the specifics of what we want to achieve against the Barbarians," he added.

Looking back at the Rugby Championship, Van Graan said: "Coach Allister Coetzee has said that we want to turn things around on this tour.

"According to the combined stats of our set pieces, the lineouts and scrums, we actually topped the averages during the campaign. We want to improve our kicking game and our defence, and the conditions in the northern hemisphere will also test your forward play."