These are just some of the questions Springbok coach Heyneke Meyer wants answers to as they look to bite back against England this weekend at Twickenham.
“Training was awesome this week, but by saying that training last week was probably too good, but you have to be in this position where the guys found themselves under the cosh,” said Meyer.
And after just three Tests from the bench, it was also one of the reasons why Meyer decided to give scrumhalf Cobus Reinach a start ahead of the struggling but more experienced Francois Hougaard who has 33 Tests behind him.
“That’s why I gave Cobus a start, he has been great in training, but at Twickenham in front of 80 000 people, it’s an huge pressure situation for him and we have two of the best and most experienced scrumhalves in world rugby out, so we have to see what Cobus can do,” said Meyer.
And while last weekend’s 29-15 loss to Ireland was a bitter pill for Meyer to swallow, he said he always looked first at a player’s character and then his ability.
“Naturally you can’t win every single game, but you have to place the guys in these situations, the bench coming on is not that experienced, but we have to see what they also can do in a tight situation as I believe the game will be won or lost in the last 10 minutes,” said the Bok coach.