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Ox Nché explains why South Africa’s Bomb Squad is so effective

Ox Nché explains why South Africa’s Bomb Squad is so effective

South Africa are famed for their scrummaging prowess and the world champions showed exactly why against Wales as they came from behind to win 23-18 in Cardiff.

Their trademark Bomb Squad turned the game in the Springboks’ favour on Saturday, winning a succession of scrum penalties which ultimately cost Wayne Pivac’s side dearly.

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The Bomb Squad tactic sees the Boks utilise a six-two split on the bench, allowing them to freshen up their forwards to maintain an intense level of physical output up front.

Ox Nché was the starting loosehead prop against Wales before being replaced just after half time and explained exactly why the approach is so effective.

“For every single chance you get you just go full on, full out. You just empty your tank and once your job is done you get off,” said the 26-year-old Sharks forward.

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“In every single pack, the starters have a job to do depending on who we are playing against and the Bomb Squad have a certain job to do when they come on.

“You get off when your job is done, if that’s 50 minutes, if that’s 40 minutes, as long as you’ve done your job that’s all should you aim for really.”

Nché’s performance against Wales on Saturday showed just how far he has come since making his international debut for the Springboks against the same side in 2018.

His appearance in Cardiff was only his seventh cap and as he grows in the role formerly occupied by Tendai ‘The Beast’ Mtawarira, Nché admitted he has big shoes to fill.

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“It’s a massive honour for me. If you look at a guy like beast, who was wearing the jersey before me, he left it in a good place and made sure whoever followed has big shoes to fill,” he said.

“For me it’s also a challenge because now I have to make sure in my journey and the opportunities that I get, that I make sure I also leave it in a much better place.

“Whatever I do, however I play, it should be to leave the jersey in a better place – that’s really important. I want to use every opportunity I get.”

Next up for the world champions in the Autumn Nations Series is a meeting with Scotland, who ended Australia’s winning streak last weekend with an impressive 15-13 victory.

Frans Steyn celebrates the final whistle for South Africa. Siya Kolisi

Nché is aware of the challenge posed by Scotland’s scrum, which is coached by former national assistant coach in Pieter de Villiers and includes South African-born Pierre Schoeman.

But despite the opposition featuring a few familiar faces amongst the team and the backroom staff, Nché insisted that there will be no added extra motivation for the visitors.

“I wouldn’t say extra motivation but it definitely has a role to play in terms of what we have as a plan against their pack – it’s not against one individual guy,” he added.

“It will be about the entire pack and our focus will be on our physicality and what we South Africans take pride in. You have eight South Africans in a pack and eight Scottish guys.

“We don’t see it as seven Scottish guys and Pierre [Schoeman], we see it as eight Scottish guys against eight South Africans and we just want to exert what we have and our plan on them.”

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