“I don’t think there is a specific style (that has to be played), it is determined by the players you have,” he said.
“New Zealand will have certain athletic attributes and create a game plan to amplify those special characteristics. We will have a different (type of) player and seek to amplify our athletic abilities. The styles of play are different because the athletes are different.”
The Boks are likely to change their approach for their rugby championship opener against Argentina on Saturday, having selected a team with 10 changes that will try to run more with the ball in hand.
South Africa starts the XV: D Willemse; S Nkosi, J Kriel, F Steyn, A Fassi; E Jantjies, C Reinach; O Nche, J Dweba, W Louw, E Etzebeth, L de Jager, S Kolisi (c), K Smith, J Wiese.
Substitutes: M Marx, T Nyakane, V Koch, M Orie, M van Staden, D du Preez, H Jantjies, M Steyn.
Argentina from the XV: To confirm
What is our prediction?
Argentina seem to get better every year – as evidenced by their first win against the All Blacks in 2020 – but South Africa enters the league thanks to a courageous victory against the Lions and at home they should have some. too much for traveling Pumas. But visitors, as always, will not descend without a fight.
Expected score: South Africa 18 Argentina 12