All Blacks expecting same tactics from Springboks

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Assistant coach John Plumtree said dealing with South Africa's kicking options, lineout tactics, and breakdown work would be on the agenda ahead of the rematch.


Plumtree said they hadn't expected South Africa to continue their box-kick tactics within the All Blacks' 22m.


"It's a different way to build pressure, isn't it?" he said.


"We'll know what to expect next week now, because they'll definitely bring that again."


Plumtree said the All Blacks had coped better with the high ball in the first half because South Africa was playing with quite a strong wind but, in the second half, when kicking into the wind, the ball was holding up longer, and the kicks were not quite as long.


"We were probably a little bit too deep at times, it's just dealing with those ones that are a little closer that we will have to work on this week," he said.


The breakdown work in the first half was not at the standard it needed to be.



"We couldn't build enough pressure because we kept turning too much ball over. When we built some phases, built some pressure, we actually looked pretty good. And at times we might have been a little too flat and allowed their line speed to dominate, so there's definitely heaps there for us to work on this week," he said.


Lineout work was also under pressure, with South Africa contesting the middle of the line, as Argentina did in their Tests. In the resulting driving mauls, there were some marginal options relating to angles the Springboks employed to disrupt the All Blacks' maul.


They had been penalised once for coming in the side, but Plumtree felt there were other occasions they could have been penalised.


"We're going to have to work out a different strategy around that."


Plumtree said lock Scott Barrett had been on the receiving end of much of the South African attention.


"I felt sorry for him, he was getting smacked by about three or four Springboks, it was pretty tough work," he said.

With South Africa looking to slow the game down by reducing the time the ball was in play by walking to lineouts or using the injury option, it was up to the All Blacks to control the ball to set the tempo.


"If we don't control the ball, the game will stop and start.


"I am pretty sure it's a tactic. No one wants to play a high-speed tempo against us right now. But, it's up to the officials to deal with that," he said.


The All Blacks' scrum had also been under pressure.


"There's plenty of power coming through both those packs, and it only takes a slight angle of a prop, and that power is going to go somewhere. We felt at times that if their tighthead is angling in slightly then, with the power that we've got, we're going to go through him, but it can also look like we're coming through on an angle.


"So all of these things are quite technical and the referees at times get them right and times get them wrong. We felt we got penalised at times when we hadn't done anything wrong," he said.


Some referees dealt with scrums better than others, he said.



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