Rugby Championship

Meyer expects different ABs

2012-10-03 22:40
Heyneke Meyer (Gallo Images)
Johannesburg - Springbok coach Heyneke Meyer believes a different All Black team will line up in Soweto to the one the Boks played in Dunedin.

New Zealand beat the Springboks 21-11 last month but only due to a Springbok team missing close to 20 points in kicks at goal when they outplayed their Kiwi counterparts up front.

Since then the All Blacks have gone on to win the inaugural Rugby Championship with a commanding 54-15 win over Argentina in La Plate last weekend.

And Meyer expects a different and more confident New Zealand this time round.

"I am sure the All Blacks will come out blazing because maybe they underestimated us a bit in Dunedin (in September) after we had struggled in the first half of the year," he told Reuters.

"They won't do that again, and they looked back at their best against Argentina. I am sure their confidence will be high."

Meyer also warned that even though playing at FNB Stadium in front of 90 000 fans, and at altitude, would help the South Africans, they would still need to be near-perfect in their execution in order to beat the All Blacks.

He said: "It's a great stadium and it's great to be on the highveld, that helps. But the All Blacks are a quality side, they know how to win even when they don't play well and they have the mindset that they can win away because they've done it so many times.

"If we're going to beat them, we have to kick at an 80%-plus success rate, we have to convert our pressure into points, defend unbelievably and take every chance. The players have to pitch up, be mentally strong and physically tough."

FNB Stadium was the venue for the 2010 Soccer World Cup final and was where fullback Israel Dagg scored a long-range try to snatch a last-gasp 29-22 victory for New Zealand over South Africa later that year.

Meyer named the same starting line-up that beat Australia last weekend for Saturday’s Test, with the only change coming on the bench where where Coenie Oosthuizen takes over from Pat Cilliers as prop replacement.

Teams:

South Africa:


15 Zane Kirchner, 14 Bryan Habana, 13 Jean de Villiers (captain), 12 Jaco Taute, 11 Francois Hougaard, 10 Johan Goosen, 9 Ruan Pienaar, 8 Duane Vermeulen, 7 Willem Alberts, 6 Francois Louw, 5 Andries Bekker, 4 Eben Etzebeth, 3 Jannie du Plessis, 2 Adriaan Strauss, 1 Beast Mtawarira

Substitutes: 16 Tiaan Liebenberg, 17 Coenie Oosthuizen, 18 Flip van der Merwe, 19 Marcell Coetzee, 20 Elton Jantjies, 21 Juan de Jongh, 22 Patrick Lambie

New Zealand:

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