Rugby Championship

Meyer's plan falling in place

2013-08-20 09:10
Heyneke Meyer (Gallo Images)
Cape Town - Springbok coach Heyneke Meyer is happy with the strides his team have made in last few months.

The Boks produced arguably their best performance in Meyer's tenure when they demolished Argentina 73-13 in their Rugby Championship opener at FNB Stadium on Saturday.

It's not only the scoreline which satisfied the coach, but also the way all the structures fell in place to produce the desired result.

GALLERY: Top 10 Rugby bad boys

"What made me very happy is the fact that we won eight out of eight scrums and 15 out of 15 lineouts. I think we're starting to reach the point where we can compete with the best in the world up front," Meyer told the Beeld website.

"Our defence is better than what is was in the beginning. I'm also happy with the way we're now competing on the ground - and this team is very dangerous when it gets quick possession.

"Out tactical kicking is improving, and there are also more experienced players and continuity in the team as was the case on last year's tour to England.

"Our bench has also become very strong - therefore I don't view them as reserves but impact players," said Meyer.

But the coach has warned his team not to underestimate Argentina this week.

"We have to keep our feet on the ground, and focus match for match. We used the wrong game plan in Mendoza last year (when they drew 16-all). We tried to play attractive rugby. That's why we were clinical on Saturday."

The Boks are currently in Buenos Aires preparing for Saturday's clash against the Pumas in Mendoza.

Kick-off is at 21:10 (SA time).


What To Read Next


Read News24’s Comments Policy publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.
Live Video Streaming
Sport Talk

Saturday, 18 August 2018
South Africa v Argentina, Durban 00:00
Saturday, 25 August 2018
Argentina v South Africa, TBA 00:00
Saturday, 08 September 2018
Australia v South Africa, Brisbane 00:00
Team P W PTS
Previous Results

Date Home Team Result Away Team

The Springboks' 25-24 defeat to the All Blacks at Newlands was ...

Love 2 Meet
English Premiership flutter

Take Sport24's "expert" tips at your peril...

Sport24 on Twitter

Follow Sport24 news on Twitter


The 2017/18 Absa Premiership season is under way. Can Bidvest Wits defend their title? Will Soweto giants Kaizer Chiefs or Orlando Pirates emerge victorious? Or will the bookies' favourites, Mamelodi Sundowns, taste success for a record eighth time? Stay glued to Sport24 to find out!

Latest blogs

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.