Rugby 2.10.2014 01:30 pm

JP defends Bok tactics

JP Pietersen. Picture: Gallo Images

JP Pietersen. Picture: Gallo Images

Ahead of their Rugby Championship showdown with the All Blacks at Ellis Park on Saturday, the Springboks have been under the radar for relying on fullback Willie le Roux too much as their main source of attack.

Not so, says wing JP Pietersen, but it’s rather all about how the team direct their attack from a specific launching situation.

“ No I don’t think our (backline) attack is all or just about Willie, but he is a guy who puts himself in good positions, and from the fullback you can see the opportunity and come into the line to and create something on the outside.

“When the No 10 is wrapped up in contact, Willie is the next guy (as second receiver) to try and create something and it gives as options with No 10 and 15.”

“Heyneke (Meyer, coach) definitely changed the way we used to play. We are encouraged to chase opportunities and we have a good gameplan.

“I’m training at No 13 and at wing too so I’m comfortable in both.”

Pietersen had to rekindle his quest to win back his spot after his move to Panasonic Wild Knights in Japan, but said it broadened his horizons.

“I’ve been involved in the June Tests, but it’s also not nice to lose your momentum from June and start over again to regain your place, but it’s just something I have to do.

“It opened my mind about where I am as a rugby player, different culture, and also helping my diet eating sushi and fish, we do a lot of skills there, handling and aerial skills.”

 

 

 

 

 

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