Nienaber explains why he chose a 7-1 split against Ireland.

Nienaber explains why he chose a 7-1 split against Ireland.

Jacques Nienaber, the head coach of the Springboks, has explained why he chose the risky 7-1 split once more, this time against Ireland in the crucial Pool B match at the Stade de France on Saturday.

Deon Fourie, Ox Nche, Trevor Nyakane, Jean Kleyn, RG Snyman, Marco van Staden, Kwagga Smith, and scrumhalf Cobus Reinach are the only players on Nienaher’s bench who are not forwards.

At Tuesday’s press conference, the division was the primary subject of conversation.

“Like any team selection, we made that decision because we think it will help ensure that we have a successful weekend.

“We always try to be as physical and intense as we can.
As we often say, you can always plan for an intense start but you can never plan for a good start.
As I believe they would as well, we will attempt to begin with the most intensity possible.

The Boks used the same split against New Zealand in the warm-up match, but Nienaber insisted that didn’t affect his decision to play against the No. 1 team in the world.

“In that particular game, it performed well.
In that game as well as the weekend match [against Romania], the bench had a significant impact.

“We looked at Ireland and what they bring, and what we think we’ll need in this particular game from a tactical point of view, and trying to counter everything they do – that’s why we went with seven-one,” the author said.

“I don’t believe that Ireland and New Zealand always operate in the same manner.
It pertains to this particular game.

The “bomb squad” that was introduced against Scotland also had a significant impact.
That’s what we desire.

“I don’t refer to them as finishers or anything like that.
Both the starters and the substitutes have a job to do.
Because of this, we don’t refer to our front-rowers as first or second choices when we discuss them.
On our team, things don’t always operate that way.

“The starting players have a specific job to do, and when we see that job being done, we bring the other players off the bench.

If there are multiple enfocred changes during the 80 minutes, the tactic could potentially force forward to fill in for back, a risk the Boks’ brain trust seem happy to accept.
However, he wouldn’t say who he would ask to do so with, saying, “That is tactics!”.

“Obviously, people look at it and say it’s a risk, but for us, it’s a calculated risk.
There are players who can fill a variety of positions on that bench, but I don’t want to delve too deeply into that because it is probably more tactical.

“I don’t want to go into great detail about tactics.
The squad as a whole is very versatile, as evidenced by the four scrum halves we played over the weekend. But we feel at ease taking this risk.

“This is a week that you should participate in.
The analysis they conduct of us, the plans they develop for us, and the plans we develop for them will all be identical in order to determine whether they will succeed on Saturday.
Its thrill is precisely that.

Nienaber was informed that perhaps the term “Bomb squad,” which has come to be so commonly used to describe South Africa’s bench, needs to be replaced.

“The media will probably have the final say on that.

“I won’t say I’m anxious; instead, I’m eager.
It will be a legitimate test game between two teams with strong skill sets.

“If you compare their team to our team, you’ll probably notice that they have a squad that is very experienced and likely between the ages of 29 and 30.
We are most likely 29 to 30 years old.

“Our average player has between 40 and 45 test cap hours, on average, according to our statistics.
It will also be somewhere between 40 and 45 if they choose the men that we anticipate they will choose.

It’s going to be a match between two teams with good experience and good, cool, calm heads.
The proportion of men over 30 will be comparable between the two squads, so I believe the teams will match up well on game day.

“Watching to see if our plans will backfire against them is the exciting part. There will be ebbs and flows in the game, and we’ll have to see if we can handle the pressure they put on us.
After all, this is a crucial game for both teams, so the question is, will they be able to handle the pressure that is on them?

“Even though it’s only the third game of the pool, if Ireland falters in this game, their game against Scotland gets huge.
The magnitude of our Tonga game increases if we lose this game to them.

“There will therefore be pressure in this game.
It will be interesting to see how the players respond to it.


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