Rugby Championship: Heyneke Meyer says youngsters did well against Argentina
Last Updated: 16/08/14 11:58pm
Coach Heyneke Meyer was pleased with South Africa’s young players after the Springboks began their Rugby Championship campaign with victory over Argentina.
Meyer’s men won a somewhat scrappy match 13-6 in lashing rain at Loftus Versfeld but Meyer thought there were plenty of positives.
"We had a 20-year-old (Handre Pollard) running play at fly-half and a 21-year-old (Lood de Jager) calling the line-outs and they did very well," he said.
"The new combinations worked well for us and the new guys showed the character I expected from them. A lot of the guys are 23 years and younger.
"They (Argentina) are not a continuity team, they are a contesting team, so it's not always easy to get a flow to your match.
"We played well for 30 minutes, but we did not get the points to justify that and it affected us, as we had our minds set on attacking play.
"Their kicking game was better than ours tonight, but luckily Willie (le Roux, full-back) was excellent."
South Africa are top of the standings after the first round of matches, Australia and New Zealand having drawn 12-12 earlier in the day.
"The result in Sydney had no impact on our frame of mind or style of play," said Meyer.
"We want to win all our matches, because then we will be good for winning the championship.
“I will be happy to keep on winning, even if it is by one point in every match. That is what rugby is all about.”
Springbok captain Jean de Villiers said: “Our execution was poor tonight.
“We did not expect these conditions, so adapted as best we could. We were looking for five points, but the fact we got four is still very pleasing.
"We could not play the brand of rugby we wanted to and we have five matches left to do it. Now we must regroup and do it in Salta (against Argentina again next Saturday).”