Game plan poses danger for Springboks - Mallett

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New Zealand have wrapped up the Investec Rugby Championship with a round to play after the draw and their 36-10 win over Argentina but still have their final game against South Africa in Cape Town on Sunday (NZT).
Mallett said on that the Springboks tried to play a similar game as they had when losing 0-57 against the All Blacks in Albany but Australia were not good enough to exploit South Africa's errors.

"This game plan will be too dangerous against the All Blacks," he said.

"There's a lot we have to worry about prior to the game against New Zealand.

"It's important that the Boks get their set-piece right. It's really worrying that they were so poor at the lineout against the All Blacks a couple of weeks ago. A lot of work has to go into our lineout calls this coming week."

Mallett said the Springboks needed a tighter game plan, a better set-piece, a good kicking game, and a far better defence.

"And we need bad weather. If it can rain really hard in Cape Town, it'll keep the score down," he said.

There were a lot of reasons why the Boks didn't win against Australia at the weekend, Mallett said.

"There were the disciplinary issues, especially at scrum time when they didn't manage to turn on the pressure. They just gave away too many penalties for shoving early, allowing Australia to relieve the pressure far too easily.

"It is the second match in a row that Ruan Dreyer has been penalised on the tighthead side for early engagement, shoving early before the ball was put in, and overextending.

"To win, you have to be absolutely flawless at the set pieces and work will have to go into the Boks' scrummaging to stop the front row from giving away so many penalties."

After the draw, Springbok coach Allister Coetzee said the focus now turned to the All Blacks.

"We're playing a very good All Blacks side…and we'd be living in a fool's paradise if we thought we could topple them. We'll keep building and keep taking strides…but we'll be ready for them," he said.

Coetzee said the second draw with the Australia felt like a loss when playing at home.

"But I'm proud of the team, and the effort they put in and the way they played. It's been a tough two weeks. The players showed great character, and they were tested out there after an emotional week.

"I've got no problem with the effort and the mindset is also right…the way we want to play. We created a lot of opportunities and that's a massive positive, but we didn't take them all, and at the end, I suppose you could say it was a game of missed opportunities.

"I think this team can feel they were better than the Wallabies. We're taking the right steps in the right direction," he said.

Meanwhile, the Springboks will have to make do without No.8 Uzair Cassiem who suffered a rib injury against Australia and has been ruled out of playing the All Blacks.