Boks still on track for RWC – Meyer

Date published: July 20 2015

South Africa's loss to Australia in Brisbane on Saturday has not jeopardised their plans for this year’s Rugby World Cup.

That was the word from Springbok coach Heyneke Meyer, who said everything was still on track for his team ahead of the global showpiece in England later this year.

"There are a lot of things I’m happy with, ” Meyer told Supersport.

"I believe our World Cup plans are 100% intact.

"You have to look at things in the Rugby Championship – there was a lot of positives, and we have a lot of leaders coming back. We have a lot of hard work ahead but we are on the right track."

Although the Wallabies' late comeback left Bok supporters distraught, Meyer focused on the positives from his side's defeat and said he was impressed with the performance of the inexperienced midfield combination of Jesse Kriel and Damian de Allende as well as Lood De Jager, who replaced injured captain Victor Matfield in the first half.

“I believe there are a lot of positives," added Meyer.

"The game could have gone either way, and it was an unbelievable performance by a lot of youngsters. It was Jesse’s first test against a very good midfield combination. 

"He was brilliant, as was Damian. There are a lot of positives out of the game, defensively we were very good – I was worried about our first phase defence against a very good backline, and they really tested us and our defence was good. 

"We kept them out until the end. There are a lot of positives that we can work on, and the World Cup is on neutral ground, that makes a difference as well.

"I believe we are on the right track, we will see when the World Cup comes along."