Cape Town - Springbok coach Heyneke Meyer praised his
players for the way in which they bounced back against Argentina in Buenos
Aires on Saturday, winning the Test by 26-12 at Vélez Sarsfield.
As it happened: Argentina go down to the Boks
Bryan Habana and Lwazi Mvovo scored tries
during a great first-half display. Pat Lambie added two conversions and two
penalties, which saw the Springboks take a commanding 20-9 lead at the break.
The visitors squandered a number of try-scoring
opportunities in the second half, but still managed to keep the Pumas under
immense power and finally ground out the win, with Lambie adding another
penalty goal and a drop goal in a flawless kicking display.
“This is a very harsh environment to play in
and it’s very tough every time you come here,” said Springbok coach Heyneke
“They were on a high after beating us last
weekend and we were under pressure all week, but this is the type of game we
can expect at the Rugby World Cup and I’m very proud of the players.
“I thought we played tactically very well. We
came close against Australia and New Zealand, when we played more rugby, but we
adapted tactically very well here.
“I’m also very proud that we didn’t concede a
try, away from home. A lot of players put up their hands and came through
today. We know our performance last week was not good enough, but today I’m
very relieved and very proud.
“We also scrummed very well, which probably had
to do with the fact that we had more experience on the bench.
“Although we didn’t finish all our try-scoring
opportunities, this was a big step in right direction, but we also know that
there is still a lot of very hard work that awaits.
“We will put in a couple of weeks of very hard
training now and then cut back before the Rugby World Cup. With a number of top
players coming back, I’m very positive and I know we will be able to pick a
very strong squad.”
Springbok captain Victor Matfield echoed
Meyer’s sentiments, with the Rugby World Cup starting in five weeks’ time.
“We played much better than last week, but
there were still a few mistakes out there and probably left two or three tries
out there,” said Matfield.
“We were under a lot of pressure this week,
which is what we can also expect at the Rugby World Cup. I think we will have a
different vibe in the team in the next couple of weeks, which will be good for
“Set-piece and defence are very important at
World Cup and we did well in those aspects today. There are usually not a lot
of tries, especially in the knock-out phase, and although we’re satisfied with
the win today, we know there is work to be done.”
The squad will arrive back in South Africa on
Monday morning and the players will enjoy a short break before getting together
again in Durban on Thursday, where they will join the players currently on
rehabilitation and conditioning programmes who remained in South Africa.
Tries: Bryan Habana, Lwazi Mvovo
Conversions: Pat Lambie (2)
Penalties: Lambie (3)
Drop goal: Lambie
Penalties: Nicolas Sanchez (4)
Tuculet, 14-Santiago Cordero, 13-Matias Moroni, 12-Juan Martin
Hernandez, 11-Juan Imhoff, 10-Nicolas Sanchez, 9-Martin Landajo; 8-Juan
Manuel Leguizamon, 7-Juan Martin Fernandez Lobbe, 6-Tomas Lezana,
5-Tomas Lavanini, 4-Benjamin Macome, 3-Nahuel Tetaz Chaparro, 2-Agustin
Creevy (captain), 1-Marcos Ayerza
Substitutes: 16-Julian Montoya,
17-Lucas Noguera, 18-Juan Pablo Orlandi, 19-Matias Alemanno, 20-Pablo
Matera, 21-Tomas Cubelli, 22-Juan Pablo Socino, 23-Lucas Gonzalez
15 Zane Kirchner, 14
Lwazi Mvovo, 13 Jesse Kriel, 12 Damian de Allende, 11 Bryan Habana, 10
Pat Lambie, 9 Ruan Pienaar, 8 Schalk Burger, 7 Willem Alberts, 6
Heinrich Brussow, 5 Victor Matfield (captain), 4 Eben Etzebeth, 3 Marcel
van der Merwe, 2 Adriaan Strauss, 1 Trevor Nyakane
16 Schalk Brits, 17 Tendai Mtawarira, 18 Frans Malherbe, 19 Flip van der
Merwe, 20, Pieter-Steph du Toit, 21 Cobus Reinach, 22 Handre Pollard,
23 Jan Serfontein