With a record breaking victory over the Wallabies in Brisbane that took Heyneke Meyer’s Bok side to an unbeaten record of eight in a row, they coach warned that players and supporters need to stay humble as they prepared for their biggest test against the World Champions and world number one side next weekend.
It was a jubilant Springbok coach Heyneke Meyer who praised his team’s mental strength and resolute defence, as they inflicted their biggest win over the Wallabies in Australia on Saturday. The Boks overpowered Australia with three tries in eight second-half minutes to run away with a 38-12 win over the Wallabies.
It was the Boks’ first win over the Wallabies in Australia for four years, their first in nine attempts in Brisbane (over a 42-year span) and their first ever triumph at the Suncorp Stadium.
Meyer enthusiastically cheered each of South Africa’s four tries, while his team restricted to Wallabies to just four penalty goals in a dominant performance.
“I’m very emotional about the win. I really, really believed in this team. I believe we’re growing,” Meyer told reporters after the game. “I truly believe this Wallabies side is a good side. I know how Ewen [McKenzie] feels. You’re almost on a hiding to nothing. “It’s only your first and second game – it takes time. They’ll be back.”
The victory set up South Africa for a showdown with New Zealand, the other unbeaten team in the Rugby Championship, next weekend in Auckland.
“We need to be humble next week and even in South Africa it’s going to be a hell of a challenge,” he said. “People believe we can’t score tries. We scored 70 points [against Argentina] in South Africa, then we struggled away from home and got criticised and now we’ve scored four tries again. “You get this game out of the way, stay humble. Next game it’s a tough encounter. “Obviously you build. The guys are getting mentally stronger. There’s still three tough games to come and the championship waiting.
“Forget this game and start focusing on the next one. It’s been a huge, huge mental thing,” he said, adding that the next game is “going to be a real great challenge”. “I think our defence was awesome. Our loose forwards at the breakdown were really good. “A lot of things worked, but we need to keep our feet on the ground and stay humble because next week is a bigger challenge,” he said.
“I truly believe we won the game firstly in our minds and secondly without the ball because the whole message was we needed to make more than 150 tackles. “If they get momentum they are a very good side. I was very happy the way we attacked at the end.
“We really believed we could win. We wanted to show if you work together nothing is impossible.”