Handre Pollard dismisses jibes claiming Springbok tactics are ‘boring’

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Handre Pollard dismisses jibes saying Springboks tactics are “boring” and insists their rugby style is “magnificent” as they prepare to face the Lions

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Springboks No.10 Handre Pollard defended South Africa’s “boring” tactics, insisting their abrasive style is a thing of beauty.

The world champions are preparing to throw their heavyweight bomb squad against the Lions on Saturday, with a game plan to outdo the tourists.

Former coach Peter de Villiers called the strategy “very boring” but the South African side have no plans to win applause for the style.

Springboks No10 Handre Pollard defended claims South Africa’s tactics are ‘boring’

“To me, it’s the most beautiful thing in the world… other than my wife,” Pollard said.

“It’s the way we were brought up and for me personally, it’s a thing of beauty. Throwing a ball is good for people who watch on TV, but for me it is beautiful.

“I don’t think it’s a big secret what’s going to happen.

“Two teams playing pretty similar games and it’s going to come down to physics, set pieces and basics. It always comes back to that when it’s a big rugby test match. ‘

Rival No.10 Dan Biggar knows what to expect. The Lions are ready to “block the road” and neutralize the physical siege to give themselves the best chance to open the series with a victory.

Rival No.10 Dan Biggar says he knows what to expect when he takes on his opponents

Rival No.10 Dan Biggar says he knows what to expect when he takes on his opponents

“We would all adopt the style of play they play if we could end up with a World Cup winner’s medal at the end,” Biggar said. “They depend heavily on the set piece, they depend heavily on the emphasis of their front carriers, especially nine.

“You know you are going to fight South Africa. The number of kicks on Saturday is going to be pretty high with the way they play and what they want you to do.

“They want you to make mistakes in your own half to allow them to have territory and to get into their power play. You sort of know everything they’re about to throw at you, but it’s really hard if they do it right or you lose a few crashes.

“Anyone who plays against South Africa knows what they’re going to present. It’s just making sure you’re physical and patient enough to stay in it.

However, the Springboks could be in the opener without World Cup-winning captain Siya Kolisi.

Springboks could start opening game without captain Siya Kolisi after testing positive for Covid-19

Springboks could start opening game without captain Siya Kolisi after testing positive for Covid-19

He was one of a group of players who tested positive for Covid-19 and is still awaiting authorization from a specialist to participate.

“We wouldn’t do anything stupid,” said Springboks aide Mzwandile Stick.

“We hope to have good news, but otherwise we have great players on our team.

“Even though Siya is not fit to play, we trust the other guys in this position.

“We have great leaders on our team. Handre Pollard has been our vice-captain for some time. A guy like Lukhanyo Am can lead a team. Eben Etzebeth, Bongi Mbonambi, Steven Kitshoff.

“If Siya isn’t in good shape, we know we have players who can do the job.”

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