Meyer confident but not making any promises

2012-09-25 15:55

Former Springbok coach Jake White never enjoyed his visits to Loftus Versfeld even though he only lost one match there.

But the Pretoria ground was where current coach Heyneke Meyer’s legend was built through three consecutive Currie Cup wins and a Super Rugby title in 2007.

Saturday’s clash against Australia is a homecoming Meyer is definitely looking forward to.

“If you look at the stats of the last ten years, we have always done well at altitude and we score more tries,” Meyer told journalists at a press briefing.

“We did not have a great record in what used to be the Tri-Nations, but I have got a good feeling about this team. I’m quite confident that we are going to play well on Saturday but I am not promising anything.”

The niggling question has been that of the Golden Lions flyhalf and his yo-yoing between his provincial side and the national team.

Meyer, whose malice in selecting the pivot has brought on him plenty of criticism, said he did not bow to public pressure in regards to picking Elton Jantjies.

“If I bowed to public pressure, I would have changed the team every week. You cannot change a team every week and we’ve always had a plan with Elton,” he said.

“Steve Hansen has been with the All Blacks for a 100 Tests and Richie McCaw has been captain for 90-odd Tests.

"Robbie Deans has just broken the Australian coaching record and the Argetininian coach has been in the position for four or five years and I have been in the position for seven week. Just to change a team week by week is wishful thinking.”

His favoured flyhalf, Morne Steyn, has been the talk of the country because of his regressing kicking form and his inability to get his backline going.

With an important game on his homeground lying ahead, Meyer did not indicate whether he would start with Steyn, but with an excellent track record at the ground, seeing Steyn in the number 10 jumper would not be out of the question come Saturday.

Said Meyer: “You cannot just throw in 20-year-olds and play with an Under-21 team against the All Blacks. You will get slaughtered.

“I think the team did very well and we have long-term plans for every single guy. It is not about pushing players who are not 100 percent ready but it is about the guys who come in.”

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