Boks prepared to gamble


The Springboks will take risks and are prepared to gamble with an expansive attacking game against the All Blacks in the decisive match of the Rugby Championship at the weekend, said coach Heyneke Meyer.


The Springboks face the daunting task of having to win by seven points and score four tries against the world champions at Ellis Park in Johannesburg on Saturday if they are to win the four-nation competition.

Meyer told a media conference in Johannesburg on Monday that the right mind set might yet do the trick for the home team.

“I’ve always believed whatever the mind can conceive and believe, you can achieve.

“So we need to go out positively and try and score tries,” he said.

“It is a huge challenge and you have to take risks. You either go for the four tries or you don’t.

“That is the decision we have to make.

“I haven’t spoken to the side yet, but I’ll definitely want them to go for the four tries.

“It will be very, very difficult because if you go out to score tries the game will open up and they will get opportunities to score.

“The way they play, they like to put you under pressure and play from your mistakes.”

But Meyer added: “We’ll have to go for it.

“There is a chance we can lose the game, but I believe we can’t be in two minds.

“It will be difficult to score four tries against the All Blacks, but if we don’t do it – if we don’t try – then what is the use of playing?”

Meyer also looked to put a little early pressure on Welsh referee Nigel Owens by suggesting he would need strictly to control the breakdowns, at which South African pundits say New Zealand get away with too many infringements.

The Boks only managed to score three tries in a 28-8 victory over the Wallabies in their penultimate clash in Cape Town on Saturday, missing out on the bonus point that would have set them an easier task in their final game.

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  1. Well, we have outscored them 5 tries to nil before.
    But that was a long time ago:
    4 September 1937, Eden Park.

    All five were scored in the second half.

  2. @Boertjie:

    Well they don’t need 5 tries… just a repeat of 2004 under JW at Ellis Park.

    However… it is most definitely going to come from ‘risky, expansive at-all-costs’ rugby!

    A leaf should be taken out of the Bull vs Chiefs final at Loftus… or the 2004 test… they were 100% accuracte all around the paddock before taking chances that came from that…

    Ab’s are going to be expecting the ‘willy-nilly’ rugby we saw in the second half of last weekend’s test or the 2011 1/4 final rugby… and they’ll punish that with typical Bok rugby IMO… ie pin-point tactical kicking game…


    The issue was/is this “The Springboks will take risks and are prepared to gamble with an expansive attacking game again…”

    I watched the last team to beat the AB’s… and team very similar to the Boks namely the pummeling England gave them last season at home…

    At no stage was there any gambling nor risk taking and attempt to enforce an ‘expansiveness at-all-costs’…

    Good old fashioned defence, breakdown and set-piece pressure kept the AB’s scoreless in the first half whilst the Poms built up a lead with PK’s (despite mistakes)… and then they continued to turn the screws in the second getting the AB’s on the back-foot through this pressure up the middle and the gaps for their three tries came…

    Hopefully HM and co watch the above game… particularly how they always had support at the tackle-zone and used the pick-n-go exactly how Boks should have against Aus before swinging the ball wide…

  4. I think Messerschmitt-Willie started his engine immediately after reading this article!

    Can’t wait – Steve “Dinner Roll” Hansen has it coming.

  5. Great to hear some fighting talk. Take it to them boks and be all you can be. While I dont believe we have the personnel to free-score we do have enough armoury to score four,even if two are from mauls

  6. We may need one or two surprise set moves.
    The last one was v the British Lions when JPP
    cut in at the back of a lineout from his position
    on the wing.
    The Pumas also made it look easy in Mendoza.

  7. well helter skelter never works, even the all Blacks have found that out to their detriment in 2009.

    It is about sticking to the basics, and taking calculated risks in the right areas of the field.

    The foundation still needs to be laid, the forwards role does not change.

  8. Roll out all the clichés, “we have to build an innings”‘ “earn the right to go wide”, et al.

    In this case it is true. We have to play our game and the opportunities will present themselves. Just throwing the ball around from the first minute will not accomplish anything.