‘Pumas deserve respect’

2014-08-15 00:00

JOHANNESBURG — Springbok rugby coach Heyneke Meyer expects the scrumhalves in the national squad to up their tempo and clear the ball much quicker.

“Since he has been playing in Japan, Fourie du Preez’s service has become much faster, which is the main reason why things have gone so well in the last couple of Tests he has been playing,” he explained.

“I expect scrumhalves to clear the ball much quicker to ensure attacking flyhalves such as Handré Pollard receives the ball on the front foot.

“That would make him much more effective,” said the Bok coach.

There has been plenty of criticism levelled at Ruan Pienaar that he does not get the ball away fast enough. It is felt he too often wanted to regulate the traffic instead of ensuring the ball reached the players on his outside as quickly as possible.

Meyer also made it clear the team playing Argentina tomorrow will not necessarily be the same one playing in the next couple of Tests.

“I will definitely rotate players during our away Tests,” he said. “We are faced with the most difficult itinerary during the Rugby Championship.

“By dividing the trip to Argentina aggravates the situation. It is demanding to first travel home and then fly back to Australia,” said Meyer.

The Boks have won seven of their last eight away Tests and Meyer feels the team can continue their impressive record if players are rested.

He said a Test against Argentina always resulted in an arm-wrestling competition.

“They are a passionate team and I expect the Test will be played at a fast pace.”

Meyer warned he respected the Argentinians and would not underestimate them. The Boks would pay the price for disrespecting them and throwing away the ball.

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