Rudolph Jacobs
Rugby Journalist
1 minute read
20 Jun 2014
10:00 am

Boks won’t focus on opposition

Rudolph Jacobs

Springbok coach Heyneke Meyer is not one to divert to talk to fire up his charges ahead of the second Test here tomorrow against Wales.

FILE PICTURE: Heyneke Meyer, Craig Roberts and Pieter de Villiers during the South African National rugby team training session at Mbombela Stadium on June 18, 2014 in Nelspruit, South Africa. (Photo by Manus van Dyk/Gallo Images)

While Meyer expected Wales to produce a much stronger effort after being outplayed in Durban last week, he was not going to talk up the opposition in an effort to motivate his team.

“I can’t foresee what they think of us, you have to ask them,” said Meyer.

“For us it’s not about the opposition, I’ve always believed it’s negative motivation to try and out-talk your opposition.”

After winning 10 of 12 Tests last season, Meyer said it was rather a case of continuing to grow as a team with the next challenge always the biggest one.

“The simple fact is that if you don’t pitch up, you won’t win and we really want to improve with every single game,” he said.

“Your next lineout or your next scrum are always your most important.”

Under Meyer as coach, the Boks have lost just five of their last 24 Tests, and scored 47 tries in 12 Test matches last season.

“Last weekend we still scored five tries against one of the toughest defensive teams in the world,” he said.

“It was also the biggest defeat Wales have suffered in five years including New Zealand, while we have scored 11 tries in the last two games.”

But Meyer warned the Springboks are far from the finished product.

“We have to be consistant for the entire 80 minutes,” the Bok coach said.