Rudolph Jacobs
Rugby Journalist
1 minute read
7 Sep 2013
6:00 am

Boks look to rewrite the history books

Rudolph Jacobs

Defying the odds today will ensure Heyneke Meyer is the flavour of the week, for the time being.

But in many ways the Springboks are playing against themselves with today’s Rugby Championship Test against Australia in Brisbane against Australia not favouring the Boks historically.

“It’s no use looking at history at the present time,” said Meyer of the Bok failure to win in Brisbane since 1971. “We simply have to focus on the Test, make sure we tick the right boxes, and improve in the areas where we let ourselves down in our last Test against Argentina in Mendoza.”

The Springbok coach raised a few eyebrows this week by naming the stereotyped Zane Kirchner at fullback and the struggling Ruan Pienaar at scrumhalf, but Meyer does deserve the vote of confidence.

Kirchner is seen to compliment the Bok kicking game which he is good at, but it is his sound ability under the high ball which won him the vote, and he could bring playmaking wing Willie le Roux into the space he thrives on.

But despite his 68 Tests, Pienaar has been blowing hot and cold, though in his defence, he didn’t receive the necessary protection from his pack in the struggling win over the Pumas away from home.

After all, it is Meyer who works intimately with the players and spoke of how short-term and long-term goals are equally important.

“Short-term goals obviously include trying to win every single Test match, because that is what the South African public demands,” said Meyer. “But more long-term you have to look at the next World Cup, which has less than two years to go, but if you don’t also look at the immediate results you might not even make it there.”

“Those are the cards that have been dealt to national coaches,” he added.