- Springbok coach Rassie Erasmus revealed some of the areas where his team needs to improve for the remainder of the Rugby World Cup
- Erasmus shared his frustrations at the fact that the Boks haven't been clinical in their play
- The Boks squandered numerous scoring chances against Japan on Sunday and Erasmus feels they will need to concentrate for the entire duration of matches if they are to bring home the trophy
The Springboks weathered a storm on Sunday as they saw off a spirited Japanese team by 26-3 in their Rugby World Cup quarter-final.
The Boks' game plan was vindicated as their defence proved superior and their powerful forwards battered their opposition into submission.
However, coach Rassie Erasmus was quick to identify some of the areas for improvement in the remaining knockout matches.
TimesLIVE reported on Erasmus' focus on concentration levels during the matches.
Erasmus said, “We must utilise our chances. We must be consistent. That is the biggest work-on for us. We have the pack and we have back-line players."
Although, the Boks have looked impressive for the most part, a lack of concentration proved costly against the All Blacks during the round robin phase.
After dominating possession and territory against New Zealand, the Boks switched off for four minutes and the All Blacks made them pay by scoring two swift tries.
Erasmus added, "We must learn to concentrate for a full 80 minutes if we are going to win the Rugby World Cup.”
Briefly.co.za understands that the coach was also less than impressed with the Boks' wastefulness against Japan when numerous good scoring opportunities presented themselves.
Erasmus said, "Against a team like Wales you just can’t afford that. You need to make every one count and convert your opportunities."
SuperSport reported that the form of fullback Willie Le Roux is cause for concern, but that Erasmus would be reluctant to drop the veteran due to his experience and communication skills with the back-line.
The Boks next face Wales and Erasmus' chargers lost against them twice during 2018, but several key players were rested during those fixtures.
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