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Springboks will press on with game plan

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    03 Oct 2017     Getty Images

At a press conference in Cape Town on Monday, Coetzee said he didn't think there was necessarily a need to play a tighter game against New Zealand.

"I think this game has moved on. You cannot just give the All Blacks ball on a platter. They're a quality side.

"There's not one way of beating the All Blacks. You've got to be unbelievably accurate, you've got to make sure that there's not just one plan.

"We've got to make good decisions. You won't beat them by just getting penalties, you have to score tries to beat any New Zealand team. We saw that in Super Rugby as well, so the decision-making is the biggest thing," he said.

Springboks in the modern era had adopted a ball-in-hand approach which had become part and parcel of their game.

"Our game managers have spoken about that, there's a ball-in-hand approach and one or two other things that we'd like to have a look at but our DNA with this team – that has been together for three months – is that you can see they're comfortable with ball-in-hand," he said.

Coetzee was confident the draw with Australia had given the side a boost.

"To come from that big loss in Albany, and still be in a position to win it in the end, that has certainly turned the tables around and put the Albany match behind us," he said.

Hooker Malcolm Marx said the side needed to be more mature when getting into points scoring positions. They had moved the ball with effect against Australia but there were still occasions where their execution failed.

"We had opportunities in the right areas, I think we just didn't execute," he said.

"All the guys were excited and I think just being more mature in those situations, holding the ball instead of trying to offload, just building a couple more phases to put pressure on them would have helped.

"We're building and we're much happier about our performance this week than we were two weeks ago," he said.

There had also been an improvement in the side's lineouts.

"In the lineouts two weeks ago [against the All Blacks] was tough on me and I take full responsibility for that, but we've put that behind us and we moved on. It's dead and buried," he said.