Rudolph Jacobs
Rugby Journalist
2 minute read
24 Aug 2013
8:55 am

Meyer wary of Pumas backlash

Rudolph Jacobs

Beware the Pumas backlash. That has been Springbok coach Heyneke Meyer's approach to tonight's Rugby Championship Test against Argentina in Mendoza.

DUBLIN, IRELAND - NOVEMBER 7: Coach Heyneke Meyer looks on during a South Africa team training session at Blackrock College RFC on November 7, 2012 in Dublin, Ireland. (Photo by Patrick Bolger/Getty Images)

After their 73-13 mauling of the Pumas at the FNB Stadium last weekend, Meyer expects the Argentinians to use every possible tactic to throw the Boks out of their rhythm and comfort zone.

“Even after creating a substantial lead last weekend the message to the players on the field was never to play festival rugby but rather be clinical, regardless of the scoreline,” stressed Meyer.

In all respect to the Pumas, tonight’s score is not about how the hosts can bounce back, but how much resolve the Boks can show before facing the Wallabies and the All Blacks. The Boks face the Aussies and Kiwis in away Tests in Brisbane on September 7 and in Auckland on September 14 respectively.

In the end it’s after all how much the Boks can threaten the New Zealanders stranglehold on world rugby and their grip on the Rugby Championship.

Meyer remarked how his time with the Bulls was built around the impact of a strong bench, with the likes of Danie Rossouw and a string of frontrow back-ups and bulk in the form of fresh legs.

And after coaching the Boks the 16th time last weekend since his debut against England in June last year, it’s starting to fall into place for the former Bulls head coach.

“Last weekend we gave (centre) Jan Serfontein some game time he was in dire need of, (lock) Flip van der Merwe came on to spend some time at No 5, while we took (fullback) Willie le Roux off after he was cramping,” remarked Meyer.

“We didn’t decide to go full out for the bonus point just because the All Blacks managed that in the earlier game against Australia,” said Meyer.

“It’s important to keep an eye on the ball and when it’s on (the bonus point) the guys know they should go for it.”