Rudolph Jacobs
Rugby Journalist
2 minute read
1 Dec 2014
3:00 pm

Loss hits Heyneke hard

Rudolph Jacobs

Springbok coach Heyneke Meyer absolutely despises losing on the rugby field, which made the historic defeat to Wales last weekend a difficult one to explain.

FILE PICTURE: Heyneke Meyer . (Photo by Steve Haag/Gallo Images)

The Boks, who arrived back on the OR Airport this morning following their tour, used the extra Wales Test outside World Rugby’s international window, to create revenue to use in part for their build-up campaign for next year’s World Cup

“I’ll never say it’s positive to lose, but you have to be in this position where you test young players,” he said.

“And we always knew this tour and the last game is going to be tough, and that’s what you’re going to face in the World Cup and we have to learn from this.”

Meyer also tried to explain why the Boks looked so mediocre, tired and short of any kind of magic in an effort to try and break the Welsh rush defence.

“I think the main thing we found is that in the northern hemisphere you don’t get quick ball, and again last weekend it was frustrating when we were on the front foot and could not get that quick ball.

“It’s easier when you get quick ball but if you don’t it’s always difficult,” said Meyer.

The Bok midfield suffered accordingly, he said.

“There were a lot of the mistakes at the back, with Jean de Villiers out, and a 20-year-old and a 21-year-old together in midfield (Jan Serfontein and Damian de Allende), Cobus Reinach in his fifth game and Damian hasn’t played for a while.

“And Willie le Roux hasn’t played with the current back three, so I don’t want to make excuses, but you are going to make mistakes especially under immense pressure,” he said.

Meyer also said they missed the experience of Bryan Habana and JP Pietersen.

“Usually we came through in the last quarter when Bryan was there, when JP was there, and Jean was there, so just not enough experience, too many mistakes and simply not good enough on the night.”