Meyer set to keep the faith
August 27, 2012
Springboks coach Heyneke Meyer is unikely to make widespread changes ahead of his side's clash with Australia on September 8 © Getty Images
South Africa coach Heyneke Meyer is set to resist the urge to shake up his side following their 16-16 draw with Argentina in their Rugby Championship clash on Saturday.
The Boks battled back from a 13-3 half-time deficit to snatch a share of spoils at the Estadio Malvinas Argentinas in Mendoza and evade a first-ever defeat at the hands of the Pumas.
Meyer has since accepted that his side's performance was "not acceptable" and while acknowledging the performance of their rivals, admitted that a lack of experience cost the visitors.
With the likes of John Smit, Victor Matfield and Jaque Fourie having retired and others such as Fourie du Preez, Bakkies Botha, Danie Rossouw and Gurtho Steenkamp all ineligible as they are playing overseas, Meyer saw his resources drained yet further ahead of their latest outing due to injuries to Schalk Burger, Bismarck du Plessis, Pierre Spies and JP Pietersen.
The injury cloud is not going to lift before Meyer announces his latest squad for the forthcoming matches against Australia and New Zealand but he is still not going to make a raft of changes.
"It's easy to say throw people out and pick new ones, but that's not coaching, that's picking," he told reporters on his return to South Africa. "I've been in this position a few times as a coach and the easiest thing is just to cut players, but that won't move you forward. We've already lost a lot of leadership and then you'd be throwing out what little experience you've got."
Meyer also agreed that his side must raise their game against Australia in Perth (September 8) and New Zealand in Dunedin (September 15) if they are to challenge for the southern hemisphere crown.
"The next two games will be even tougher and we have to improve," he said. "I know we can do it, but the only way the side will improve is by coaching them, improving their technique and mental strength."
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