Boks in UK

Heyneke asks for patience

2012-11-14 07:45
Heyneke Meyer (Getty Images)
Cape Town - Springbok coach Heyneke Meyer has pleaded for his players to show patience when they enter the so-called "golden zone" on attack.

The Boks take on Scotland at Murrayfield on Saturday and the coach has asked for a better showing on attack after they only scored one try in the 16-12 win over Ireland last week.

"That's the one thing that bothers me: when we get into the golden zone, our patience lets us down," Meyer told Die Burger's website.

"If you compare us to the other top teams in the world you'll see that they often convert those opportunities into points. Even Scotland were brilliant when they got into the 22m area (of the All Blacks)."

Meyer is also wary of a Scotland side who he feels did better against the All Blacks than the 51-22 scoreline suggests.

“This might sound like me doing a PR job, but I really do think the Scots are a quality side,” he told the website.

“There was about 10 minutes of sheer brilliance from the All Blacks in the match on Sunday, but otherwise I thought Scotland were very competitive.

"They impressed me with their ability to carry the ball and they scored three tries against the All Blacks. That is something that neither us or Australia have come close to managing this year.

“The Kiwis boast a great defensive record, and when they played Ireland in June they kept them scoreless. It’s going to be important for us to stay focused this week and to be sharp on match day.”

After the Test against the Scots on Saturday, the Boks conclude their European tour the following week with a clash against England in London.


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