Hope for fair weather

2014-09-25 00:00

CAPE TOWN — Even as he spoke at yesterday’s press conference here, a stiff north-wester — so often the city’s rain-preceding wind — howled and dark clouds engulfed Table Mountain, not from the end that characterises the trademark white summer “tablecloth”.

Yet a notably recurring theme from Springbok coach Heyneke Meyer was his wish for a precipitation-free Castle Rugby Championship Test match against the Wallabies at Newlands on Saturday.

Perhaps aided by there being few shocks in his match-day mix, he kept coming back to the topic … and it seems his wish may well be granted as the “bark” of any frontal activity in the lead-up looks likely to be worse than its bite: sunny, cool conditions with a brisk spring south-easter are predicted for the clash at this stage.

It would make a welcome change from three of the last four Bok outings in the competition — Argentina at Loftus, and both away clashes with Australia and New Zealand — where conditions have affected fluidity and sometimes created lotto-like hallmarks.

Not normally one for flamboyant words, Meyer candidly conceded, too, that some of the Bok strategic kicking on those challenging occasions had been “useless”.

“We haven’t played on a dry pitch for quite some time so we really want to show what we can do on attack,” he enthused. “We want to attack and Australia like to attack as well so it could be a really great game to watch. If there’s quick ball available to both sides it could be a cracker.”

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