Springboks vow to hold nothing back
October 2, 2013
Springboks coach Heyneke Meyer wants a positive mindset from his players © Getty Images
South Africa will be prepared to gamble with an expansive attacking game against the All Blacks at Ellis Park on Sunday morning.
The Springboks need to beat the All Blacks, secure a four-try bonus point and prevent the All Blacks from finishing within seven points to claim the Rugby Championship title. Springboks coach Heyneke Meyer said his side needed to believe in themselves and take some risks against the World Cup champions in Johannesburg.
"I have a lot of respect for New Zealand but we have to go out there and be positive," he said. "I've always believed that whatever the mind can conceive and believe, you can achieve. So we need to out positively and try and score tries. It is a huge challenge and you have to take risks. You either go for the four tries or you don't. That is the decision we have to make," he said.
However Meyer admitted the risk was that, in opening up the game, opportunities will be provided for New Zealand to score.
"The way they play, they like to put you under pressure and play from your mistakes," he said. "It will be difficult to score four tries against the All Blacks, but if we don't do it - if we don't try, what is the use of playing?"
Meyer also suggested Welsh referee Nigel Owens would need to carefully patrol the breakdowns because New Zealand get away with too many infringements.
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