Rudolph Jacobs
Rugby Journalist
1 minute read
21 Aug 2013
7:00 am

‘Five finals’ now await the Boks

Rudolph Jacobs

The Springboks have five "finals" left if they nurture any dreams of winning the Rugby Championship, according to national coach Heyneke Meyer.

CONCERN. Springbok centre JJ Engelbrecht is struggling with a groin niggle that could rule him out of the Rugby Championship Test against Argentina in Mendoza on Saturday. Picture: Gallo Images

While the Boks are in high spirits after their arrival in Buenos Aires on Monday following the massive statement they made at the FNB Stadium last weekend, Meyer said the real test will come in their away matches.

“I think we are the only team who will play three away games on the trot, so we’ll have to be ruthless,” he said from their team hotel.

“While the All Blacks are the trend-setters we will make a mistake by looking at other teams.”

Meyer is set to retain the same line-up today who smashed the Pumas last weekend for Saturday’s second clash in the competition where a much stronger challenge is expected from the Pumas.

“Last year November we won three away games when we probably didn’t play the correct gameplan, but the team is growing,” he said.

At this stage the only concern is over tighthead Jannie du Plessis’ calf strain and the groin niggle of centre JJ Engelbrecht, who both should recover in time to be included according to team doctor Craig Roberts.

“Jannie was cramping last weekend and that’s why we took him off after 50 minutes, but I must say Coenie (Oosthuizen) did very well and we won eight out of eight scrum balls against a very experienced pack,” said Bok coach Meyer.

“I am also very happy with Lourens Adriaanse who joined us as I mentioned before we are probably lacking top tightheads,” he said.

Meyer went to give credit to the team’s impact players from the bench in last weekend’s strong showing.

“I think the assistant coaches deserve a lot of credit for bringing guys on early, a lot of them have played a lot and that’s why I look at the bench as impact players and not reserves,” he added.