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Last Updated: Wednesday, 17 October 2007, 14:49 GMT 15:49 UK
Boks unfazed by England tactics
Jaque Fourie
I think we will ask questions of their defence

Fourie on England
South Africa centre Jaque Fourie claims his team have made no special plans aimed at counteracting England's tactics in Saturday's World Cup final.

Reigning champions England are expected to adopt the forwards-orientated game that has been key to their shock progress to the showpiece in Paris.

But Fourie said: "I don't necessarily think they will just play 10-man rugby.

"We are not going to change our game plan. We just want to do things even better than we have so far out here."

South Africa side will start as firm favourites against Brian Ashton's side, not least because of their 36-0 defeat of England during the group stages.

They also boast some of the tournament's most stand-out players in the likes of Bryan Habana and Percy Montgomery and Fourie believes his side will do something Australia and France failed to do consistently and that is cause England problems defensively.


"I think early on we should just play to our own structure but I think we will ask questions of their defence," he said.

"That said, in any knockout stage it's not about how many points you win by, it's about winning. Nobody will remember how you win it, just that you won it."

Winger JP Pietersen, however, reckons England have more than just a heavyweight pack and has warned his team-mates to beware the threat posed by their opposition numbers in the back line.

We are going to have to make less mistakes, and take our opportunities

JP Pietersen

"They have got their own game plan, but they have some talent in their backs," said the 21-year-old, who scored a brace of tries in the group win over England.

"We cannot underestimate their back line, we always have to be on our toes.

"We can't be relaxed about that just because they have not been playing wide. Jason Robinson, for example, is a very dangerous player and we cannot give him enough space.

"We are going to have to make less mistakes, and take our opportunities."

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