Former Springbok assistant coach Brendan Venter has tipped his hat to Australia’s attack but says the “Wallabies are not supposed to beat South Africa”.
Venter was giving some tactical context to Sunday’s pending Rugby Championship clash between the Springboks and Wallabies in Gold Coast in a column for Sport24.
“Dave Rennie remains one of the best attacking minds in the game, and when he took over from Michael Cheika as Wallabies boss, he brought in a similar philosophy, but with much better detail.
“The Aussies may have lost their tussles against the All Blacks, but they do attack very well, and you can already see Rennie’s hand in what they are doing.
“You can’t keep the ball and score tries like that against New Zealand if you are not organised on attack, and they also have some other very unique things that they are starting to employ.”
Venter noted that Australia’s “good” investment in attack has scored public relations points, in complete contrast to the “evil” Boks who are fashionably unpopular for deploying a relentless defence in playing to win.
While he expects the Wallabies “will ask serious questions of the Boks” who “won’t be challenged by a better attack than what they will face on Saturday”, Venter didn’t need time to think who would win the “clash of philosophies”.
“It’s a good attack against a good defence,” he wrote. “The more the Wallabies attack, the more chances for turnovers, which will open up counter-attacking opportunities. Instead of fearing this attack, the Springboks will look forward to it and the opportunities it presents.
“If you were a betting man, you would bet five cents on the Wallabies and put good money on the Springboks.
“They may be full of endeavour, but the Wallabies are not supposed to beat South Africa.”