Springbok Coach Meyer: We Were Tactically Strong

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Written by Peter Pedroncelli

Springbok coach Heyneke Meyer was pleased with his team’s decisive victory over Argentina in the Castle Lager Rugby Championship on Saturday night.

Following a disappointing 37-25 defeat to the South Americans in Durban last weekend, the coach would have been relieved with the way in which his charges turned things around in the space of a week to produce a 26-12 win in Buenos Aires.

The result was the first win in four games for the South Africans in this year’s Rugby Championship, after decent performances but last minute slips against Australia and New Zealand, before a poor showing against Argentina.

Speaking after the encounter, Meyer had positive words for his 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,” Meyer told the media, according to SuperSport.

Meyer then praised the defensive play of his side, suggesting that their hard work in the away fixture made up for their struggles in South Africa last week.

“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 also scrummed very well, which probably had to do with the fact that we had more experience on the bench,” he added.

In two weeks the coach will make final decisions concerning his 31-man squad for the World Cup.

“We will put in a couple of weeks of very hard training now and then cut back before the 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,” he stated with confidence.