“We are definitely still on the right track” – Deon Davids

 

Springbok assistant coach Deon Davids remained confident in the Springboks' abilities despite suffering back-to-back defeats in the Castle Lager Rugby Championship and said they believe they can turn the corner.

The Boks will have a re-match with Australia at the Allianz Stadium in Sydney on Saturday, where the team has been based since Sunday afternoon, where a victory will be vital to keep alive their Castle Lager Rugby Championship title hopes

Davids was confident that the team was still on course despite the recent setbacks in their campaign and said: “We are definitely still on the right track.

“We are blessed with a balanced squad with a good mix of youth and experience, and with a few experienced players out with injuries, we have been able to give a few young players a chance in the last few matches, and we believe they will gain a lot from that going forward.”

Davids attributed the team’s 25-17 defeat against the Wallabies in Adelaide to missed opportunities, with the coach saying it would be one of their key focus areas this week.

“We did a thorough review of last week’s game and in the end, it came down to Australia creating opportunities, which they used, while we also created a lot of opportunities, but we didn’t capitalise on them, and that’s our main focus this week,” said Davids.

With Argentina and Australia leading the Castle Lager Rugby Championship log with nine points after winning two of their first three matches, New Zealand on five log points and the Springboks on four after winning one of their matches respectively, Davids said it showed the quality of the teams in the competition.

“The fact that the competition is so competitive shows how challenging this tournament is,” said Davids.

“The teams playing so well also means you have to be the best every Saturday to get the result. One can also see the growth of the teams in the competition, which is great preparation for us a year out before the Rugby World Cup.”