'Slow the game down' - De Villiers

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    07 Oct 2016     Getty Images

With South Africa looking to beat the All Blacks and deny them a clean sweep in the Investec Rugby Championship and a share of the world record for consecutive victories in tier one Test matches in Durban on Sunday (NZT), the former midfield star said reverting to type as they had against Australia last week was the way to go.


"You have to face reality," he said when speaking at a Laureus function in Umhlanga near Durban on Thursday, "we are still trying to build as a team, and while there are times for expansive play, I think the key is to slow it down against the All Blacks.

"You want to force the structures onto them because what they want is broken field play where you don't have set defensive systems in place, and they can have backs running at forwards, which is where they expose you.

"In saying that, I did see some enterprising stuff from a mindset point of view last weekend [against Australia]. That is really good to see. There are times for that, but we do have a long way to go before we can play an expansive brand and beat the All Blacks that way," he said.

Having Morne Steyn at first five-eighths was ok so far as de Villiers was concerned.

"Morne has a very definite way of playing, and it's suited to the style of how we can beat the All Blacks. We can't beat them at their own game, and although we can get to that point, we're certainly not there yet. If we have any chance of winning, then we need to play as we did last week," he said.