Johannesburg - Springbok coach Heyneke Meyer could not have asked for more than he got out of the Castle Incoming Tours Series which was concluded with an awesome 56-23 win over Samoa at Loftus at the weekend.
According to the supersport.com website, when the matches against second tier opponents were announced while the Boks were on their 2012 end of year tour, the Bok coach wasn’t sure whether he would use them as an opportunity to experiment or a chance to play his combinations together to build experience.
Whether the team that lines up for the first match against Argentina in Bloemfontein will be the same one that played the final Incoming Tour Test against Samoa at the weekend is open for debate, and we will only know the answer to that when the time comes.
But the Boks have been prepared to be innovative, and the mistakes that have been made are ones that can be learned from. And in many ways the struggle in the middle Test against Scotland was just what was needed.
It may not be a coincidence that when the Boks struggled in Nelspruit Louw as absent, and they also lost Arno Botha to injury early in the game. The latter was selected to do the absent Willem Alberts’ job, as he had so effectively against Italy in Durban.