• Spencer criticises SA playing style

    EP Kings coach Carlos Spencer says South African teams are guilty of not allowing players to express themselves.

    The former flyhalf – whose unorthodox brilliance saw him star with Auckland, the Blues and All Blacks – wants to change that at EP, who have been promoted to the Currie Cup Premier Division.

    'There is definitely talent in this country, they just need to have the freedom and the abilities to show it,' Spencer told Sapa. 'The thing that frustrates me at the moment living here is to see these players not having the freedom and licence to express themselves. Hopefully I can give it to the players, I definitely know I can, they just need to make the most of it.'

    Spencer has had four months to embed his philosophies into his team. He believed the style would be a mix of his playing style and the coaching influences he has worked with.

    'I want to give the players licence and the freedom to express themselves,' he said. 'At the same time it is important to have structure, but it is not to put a strangle on them and say they must do this for 75 or 79 minutes.

    'It is a bit of a merger of about everything, the way I was as a player and the coaches I've been involved with as a player. I've been here [in South Africa] for the last four years, so there might be a little bit of South African influence.'

    The EP Kings begin their Currie Cup campaign with a match against Western Province in PE on 8 August.

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