Pollard backs Springboks ‘unorthodox’ game plan

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First five-eighths Handré Pollard said the side believed in the style of game they were playing and would look to go one step further on Saturday.


Pollard said the side trusted their plans and processes. The policy of kicking when approaching the opposition 22m area was 'a bit different', but that was their plan for the first All Blacks Test, and the team had stuck to it well.


"The aerial contest is an aspect of the game where we feel we are the best in the world, and we work hard at it, and will keep doing it because we trust Jacques' plan and the process.


"It is a bit unorthodox at times, but we believe in it," he said.


The Springboks, despite their three consecutive losses, retained their faith in their game.


"After losing a couple in a row, you would think our confidence would be dented but, as a team, we have so much belief in our processes, and we get confidence from our preparation, our plan and from each other.


"We do not look back at results even if we have won – we put all our energy into our plan for the week, and we get confidence from how we train and from each other.

"Then, on Saturday, we do the best we can. Obviously you tidy a few things, but it is the same process, the same intent and energy and, hopefully this week, the result will go our way," Pollard said.


Prop Steven Kitshoff said the Springboks would be looking to build on their dominant performance of last weekend.


"New Zealand will rock up and they'll fix the mistakes they made in the set pieces, so we know an incredible challenge lies ahead," he said.


Coming off the bench nowadays, along with hooker Malcolm Marx, Kitshoff said he knew how important it was to put in a quality performance late in a game to maintain scrum and set-piece dominance.


"We know how significant this match is, and we'll do everything we can to ensure that we pitch up and put on a good display.


"As a pack of forwards, we are focusing on the execution of our lineouts and mauls and our other strengths which we would like to nail down this week.


"There are some fine details we want to sort out so that we can apply pressure and build an innings to have a positive outcome," he said.


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