Rudolph Jacobs
Rugby Journalist
2 minute read
30 Sep 2013
7:21 am

It’s not about revenge – Meyer

Rudolph Jacobs

Springbok coach Heyneke Meyer is adamant it would be inappropriate to label this weekend’s return Test against the All Blacks as a "revenge game".

FILE PICTURE: Springbok coach Heyneke Meyer. Picture: AFP / Patrick Hamilton.

Springbok lock Flip van der Merwe was cited yesterday for a dangerous charge in the 39th minute on Wallaby wing Joe Tomane during Saturday’s victory over Australia at Newlands, and the hearing has been set for first thing this morning via teleconference.

Meyer said this weekend’s Ellis Park showdown is a great opportunity to test the strength of Bok rugby against the world’s best.

“We don’t play with emotion, we want to be No 1 and this is for us a test against the best,” he said after the Boks 28-8 win over the Wallabies to recapture the Nelson Mandela Plate for the first time since 2009.

“We have big respect for the All Blacks and it’s definitely not a revenge game, it will be great to win the Championship and the game, to put our hands up and make the country proud,” he said.

Bok skipper Jean de Villiers said he doesn’t believe there was too much niggle or negative play from the Wallabies in an effort to prevent the Boks from scoring that crucial fourth try.

“Rugby is a contact sport and personally I didn’t see any punches being thrown,” said De Villiers.

“I don’t think there was any malice, but at any time I will stand up for a team-mate if it’s necessary and they’ll do the same for me,” said De Villiers.

There were four yellow cards dished out during the game and often the impression was created the Wallabies would do anything possible to prevent the Boks from getting the full house of points.

“It does make for a great TV show,” De Villiers chirped about the numerous times play was stopped with players pushing one another around.

“A lot of those things were handbag stuff and the great thing is we can afterwards as players and share a beer,” he said.