Rugby Championship

Meyer keeps squad grounded

2013-08-22 18:00
Heyneke Meyer (File)

Cape Town - They’ve topped the half century mark in their previous two games but Springbok coach Heyneke Meyer is taking a realistic approach into what he views as his team’s first big acid test this Saturday.

"We know that everything worked well for us last Saturday, but we haven’t won lots of away game, and we know Argentina is a proud nation," said Meyer as he announced an unchanged starting team for the Mendoza game.

"It was difficult for the Pumas last week as it was a really big occasion for us as we were motivated to do really well for Madiba.

"Last year the games were fairly close, and Argentina should also have beaten Australia, against whom they had two close games.

"So we are under no illusions.

"It’s up to the Puma coach to answer questions about what happened to them last week, but we know it was tough in the first half last week.

The strength of Puma rugby down the years has been their physicality and their strength in the set-phases, and that was where the Boks laid the foundation last week.

"We want to concentrate on our own game, and while we won by a big score last week, we are still trying to play better.

"But I must say what I have been happy with is the way we have rounded off our opportunities this year.

"Without wanting to be arrogant, our try scoring was one thing we wanted to improve in 2013, and so far we have done well.

"I think 24 tries in four games would have surprised a lot of people.

"You can only score that many tries if you have continuity (and the players know each other well).

"Last year we were superb in the forwards too, particularly in our match against the All Blacks in Dunedin, but we lacked finishing power.

"We haven’t had much time to prepare in the past, and the one thing that is difficult about being Springbok coach is the lack of preparation time in general.

"So to get around that it helps if you have the same team playing together.

"Willie le Roux and guys like that played their first match in the opening game of the Incoming Tour Series, now they are playing in their fifth test.

"On Saturday we will be in a completely different environment to last week. It will be a different field and we will have a crowd that will be supporting the opposition.

"The way we see it, we’re starting from scratch."



15. Lucas Gonzalez Amorosino, 14. Gonzalo Camacho, 13. Marcelo Bosch, 12. Felipe Contepomi (captain), 11. Horacio Agulla, 10. Nicolas Sanchez, 9. Martn Landajo, 8. Leonardo Senatore, 7. Juan Manuel Leguizamon, 6. Pablo Matera, 5. Mariano Galarza, 4. Julio Faras Cabello, 3. Juan Figallo, 2. Eusebio Guinazu, 1. Marcos Ayerza

Substitutes: 16. Agustn Creevy, 17. Nahuel Lobo, Matas Diaz, 18. Tomas Lavaninni, 19. Benjamin Macome, 20. Tomas Cubelli, 21. Santiago Fernandez, 22. Juan Imhoff

South Africa:

15. Willie le Roux, 14. Bjorn Basson, 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. Juandré Kruger, 4. Eben Etzebeth, 3. Jannie du Plessis, 2. Adriaan Strauss, 1. Tendai Mtawarira

Substitutes: 16. Bismarck du Plessis, 17. Gürthro Steenkamp, 18. Coenie Oosthuizen, 19. Flip van der Merwe, 20. Siya Kolisi, 21. Jano Vermaak, 22. Patrick Lambie, 23. Jan Serfontein


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