Durban - South Africa coach Heyneke Meyer accepted
responsibility for the 37-25 defeat the Springboks suffered against Argentina
in their Rugby Championship Test at Kings Park on Saturday.
The coach admitted that his side did not play well enough to
deserve victory in the final match of the tournament, won by Australia earlier
in the day.
"We need to give credit to Argentina, who outplayed us
today. They delivered a great performance and deserved the win. They played a
game that suited them and not us. We could not adapt and sadly, we were just
not good enough today," Meyer said after the Boks’ first ever loss to the
"We have let our country and our supporters down today
with this unacceptable performance. We are a proud team, but you will lose
sometimes. What we dished up in the first half was very poor. I apologise to
the nation as the buck stops with me as coach. There are no excuses. I take
responsibility and will work harder to rectify this before the Rugby World
Meyer lamented his side's handling errors and inability to
secure quick phase ball as contributing factors for their downfall.
“We managed quick ball against New Zealand and Australia
despite them having two of the best opensiders in the world. Today we could not
manage that, for a variety of reasons."
Meyer, who expects the 2015 Rugby World Cup to be the
toughest yet, is still looking forward to his team's charge at the Webb Ellis
"This does not put us back for the Rugby World Cup. We
are a much better team than this. We will be working even harder. I still
believe we are in contention for the World Cup. We are getting a number of big
ball carriers back soon and we will be better for it."
Springbok captain, Jean de Villiers, also offered no
"Credit to them, on the day they were a far better team
than us. We conceded such easy tries, three off set-phase. It was just too
easy. We, on the other hand, had to work very hard for our tries. We were all
lethargic today. We need to find a reason why it happened. We prepared well,
but everyone was down today."
De Villiers feels the players will have to have a hard look
"Yesterday's captain’s run was good, the guys were
focused. We were asleep and then played catch-up rugby though. We will sit down
and have a hard look at ourselves. We can't convert at the moment."
The midfielder admitted some frustration at scrum penalties
and the incident where the Pumas scored a try with a number of medics still on
"The medics were still on the field, so that was
frustrating when they scored that try. We should have been ready though, but
did not react the way we should have. It costs you games as we saw
De Villiers took a knock to the jaw and Marcell Coetzee
injured a knee, but more information on those injuries will be made available