Rudolph Jacobs
Rugby Journalist
1 minute read
3 Oct 2013
6:00 am

Coach Meyer upbeat

Rudolph Jacobs

Springbok coach Heyneke Meyer admitted yesterday he could hardly contain his excitement as Saturday's Rugby Championship decider against the All Blacks at Ellis Park grows ever nearer.

But Meyer, who yesterday named two changes to the side who beat the Wallabies last weekend, warned the historic venue alone won’t do the business for the Boks.

“Ellis Park has always been a great venue for the Boks down the years,” he said. “It will be a special day in front of a full house of 64 000 fans, but we will have to go out to do the business, not just rely on the field.

“We know we face a huge task, but we’ve done it before; there is also huge respect between us and the All Blacks for one another.”

While prop Beast Mtawarira, right, will play his 50th Test, centre JJ Engelbrecht is still doubtful with a leg problem and he has been bracketed with Jan Serfontein, The final decision will be delayed until tomorrow.

At lock, Juandre Kruger comes in for the suspended Flip van der Merwe, with Franco van der Merwe coming in on the bench, and in a rotational move, Bismarck du Plessis starts ahead of Adriaan Strauss at hooker.

“We’ll make a final decision on JJ during Friday’s Captain’s Run,” said Meyer. “At the moment his chances are about 50/50.

“But Jan has played seven Tests (off the bench). I think he was brilliant in that last 10 to 15 minutes in our last away game. I have a lot of confidence in him and he’s a star of the future.”

If Serfontein does play, captain Jean de Villiers will stay in the No 12 jersey, but Meyer said it didn’t mean it would remain that way throughout the Test.

“As captain I will need Jean closer to the pack so he will move inside, but they’ll also rotate during the game,” said Meyer.