Meyer laments inexperience
Heyneke Meyer has bemoaned South Africa's lack of experience following their surprise 16-16 Rugby Championship draw with Argentina.
Last Updated: 27/08/12 2:07pm
South Africa coach Heyneke Meyer has bemoaned his side's lack of experience following their surprise 16-16 Rugby Championship draw with Argentina.
Argentina were on the brink of a famous victory over the Springboks before Francois Steyn's try earned the Springboks a draw.
Meyer does not plan to make wholesale changes for upcoming Tests against New Zealand and Australia, saying he wants to help his squad of players improve their game.
"It was not good enough, it was unacceptable and I was very disappointed," explained Meyer on their weekend draw.
"But I always knew it would be very tough in the first year because of the inexperience of the side, a lot of them were playing their first test away from home.
"People underestimate Argentina, but their whole starting line-up plays in Europe and they are very experienced.
"The next two games will be even tougher and we have to improve. I know we can do it, but the only way the side will improve is by coaching them, improving their technique and mental strength."
Meyer was missing a quartet of injured players who would have been in the starting line-up in Schalk Burger, Bismarck du Plessis, Pierre Spies and JP Pietersen.
John Smit, Victor Matfield and Jaque Fourie have retired, while Fourie du Preez, Bakkies Botha, Danie Rossouw and Gurtho Steenkamp are not playing rugby in South Africa.
"It's easy to say throw people out and pick new ones, but that's not coaching, that's picking," he continued.
"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."