Rugby Championship

Meyer on why he gets 'crazy'

2013-09-12 09:04
Heyneke Meyer (AP)
Cape Town - Springbok coach Heyneke Meyer has revealed why he gets so excited in the coaches box when watching his team excel on the field.

VIDEO: Hilarious Heyneke's passion

The Springboks crushed the Wallabies 38-12 in Brisbane last week and the coach was not shy to express his joy after each of the four tries scored by his side.

Video footage also showed Meyer in tears after the Boks beat Australia for the first time in Brisbane since 1971.

This week they face the All Blacks at Eden Park - a ground they haven't won at since 1937 - and Meyer said it will be an even more emotional occasion.

"I sometimes get crazy in the coaching box, and I get embarrassed when I see it on TV, but I don't believe you can make quality calls if you don't get into the atmosphere, feel the excitement and feel the pressure, and that's why I almost feel like I'm on the field with the players facing the mighty All Blacks," Meyer told the Cape Times.

Meyer also said he has huge respect for the All Blacks and described their pre-match haka as "one of the great things in rugby".

However, despite their convincing win last week, the coach is under no illusions how tough it will be against the best team in the world.

“We had a good win last weekend, but that is in the past now,” Meyer said earlier this week when he announced his team.

“Playing the All Blacks in New Zealand is the ultimate challenge in rugby and one we’re very excited about facing.

“But the hard work is never done as we want to continuously improve as we evolve as a team, on all aspects of our game.

“We’re only halfway through the Rugby Championship with three very tough games ahead, but this weekend we’re facing the best team in the world and it will not be easy.”

Kick-off is at 09:35 (SA time) on Saturday.


New Zealand:

15 Israel Dagg, 14 Ben Smith, 13 Conrad Smith, 12 Ma'a Nonu, 11 Julian Savea, 10 Daniel Carter, 9 Aaron Smith, 8 Kieran Read (captain), 7 Sam Cane, 6 Liam Messam, 5 Sam Whitelock, 4 Brodie Retallick, 3 Owen Franks, 2 Dane Coles, 1 Tony Woodcock

Substitutes: 16 Keven Mealamu, 17 Wyatt Crockett, 18 Charlie Faumuina, 19 Steven Luatua, 20 Matt Todd, 21 Tawera Kerr-Barlow, 22 Beauden Barrett, 23 Charles Piutau

South Africa:

15 Zane Kirchner, 14 Willie le Roux, 13 JJ Engelbrecht, 12 Jean de Villiers (captain), 11 Bryan Habana, 10 Morné Steyn, 9 Ruan Pienaar, 8 Duane Vermeulen, 7 Willem Alberts, 6 Francois Louw, 5 Flip van der Merwe, 4 Eben Etzebeth, 3 Jannie du Plessis, 2 Bismarck du Plessis, 1 Tendai Mtawarira.

Substitutes: 16 Adriaan Strauss , 17 Gurthrö Steenkamp, 18 Coenie Oosthuizen, 19 Juandré Kruger, 20 Siya Kolisi, 21 Jano Vermaak, 22 Pat Lambie, 23 Jan Serfontein


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