• Venter lauds Bok attack

    Brendan Venter says the Springboks' attacking vigour was the most pleasing aspect in the three-Test series against France.

    The Boks sealed a 3-0 series whitewash, scoring four tries in each Test.

    In his latest column for The Times, Venter wrote that while the Boks are not the finished product, the team has taken a significant step in the right direction.

    'To be a competitive rugby team you need to possess a strong set piece, be able to defend well and play for territory. However, to become a great team you require an effective attack. For an inexperienced Springbok side to have scored 12 tries over three matches against France is testament to where this team can go.

    'However, for me, the most pleasing aspect to emanate from the trio of Tests is our new-found attacking vigour. I believe Springbok attack coach Franco Smith's influence with the national team cannot be overstated. There will always be teething problems along the way when it comes to an inexperienced team honing their attack, but it's apparent that the attacking adventure is there from the men in green and gold.

    'Having worked closely with the players for the past month, there is a genuine energy about them when they attack, and their execution on offence is improving with each Test. An effective attack takes time to hone and is underpinned by an offensive mindset and the ability to strike when the opportunity arises.'

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