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Meyer's next mission: Beat NZ!

2013-11-25 09:15
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Cape Town - Springbok coach Heyneke Meyer says they must hold a national brainstorming session to figure out a way to beat the All Blacks.

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South Africa ended 2013 with 10 wins out of 12 following a 19-10 victory over France in Paris on Saturday night.

However, their two losses this year came against the world No 1 team who Meyer is yet to beat since he took charge of the Boks in 2012.

"There must be an overall strategy put in place to make South Africa the best. I can't do it on my own," Meyer told Die Burger's website.

"We'll have to hold a big planning camp to decide what it will take to get South Africa to the next level.

"For example, every coach in New Zealand would be able to tell you exactly what areas they need to work on."

Meyer believes tactical kicking and conditioning are the two areas the Boks need to work the hardest on.

"New Zealand came together in 2009 after the All Blacks lost three times to the Springboks. They came to the conclusion that they could only beat us with better tactical kicking. They then recruited Mick Byrne as kicking coach.

"If you look at the game at Ellis Park (earlier this year), they kicked 42 times and we 21 times. We broke the line 19 times and scored four tries. They broke through seven times and scored five tries.

"The big thing however is that they can beat you with clever tactical kicking. You can't beat them by running with the ball, because they are fitter (due to better conditioning) and you can't floor them with kicking. If we don't work on our conditioning then we'll struggle to beat the All Blacks."

Meyer also said South Africa must try find a uniform style of play for all teams, from junior levels right up to the seniors.

"For example, the under-20 team must have the same playing style as the Boks. If Pieter-Steph du Toit was schooled in the same way in the lineouts, the he would have been able to slot in seamlessly with us," said Meyer.

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