Heyneke Meyer says the Springboks have no hope of outmuscling the All Blacks in Saturday’s final Rugby Championship clash at Ellis Park.
South Africa coach Heyneke Meyer says his side have no hope of outmuscling the All Blacks in Saturday’s final Rugby Championship clash at Ellis Park.
The Springboks have not beaten the All Blacks in five attempts and lost their last encounter with the world champions 14-10.
Meyer said that his side cannot rely only on physicality – a traditional strength for Bok teams – if they are to break the losing streak on Saturday.
“We won’t be able to beat the All Blacks by thinking we can bully them into submission,” Meyer told Beeld.
“Gone are the days that Springbok teams can dominate throughout with their forwards and physically overpower teams.
“The other countries have caught up with us when it comes to physical power.”
The All Blacks have an unassailable six-point lead at the top of the four team table after last weekend’s 34-13 win over Argentina in La Plata, while South Africa are second after a 28-10 win over Australia in Cape Town.
Meyer’s side trailed the Wallabies 5-10 when the half-time whistle sounded at Newlands, before three tries in the final ten minutes earned them a bonus point win.
South Africa showed glimpses of skill, guile and correct decision-making in that final ten-minute period but they will need do so more often in order to overcome New Zealand.
Meyer has made one change to the side that defeated Australia, with Bismarck du Plessis replacing Adriaan Strauss at hooker.
Duane Vermeulen has been named at number eight but Schalk Burger will start in his place if he fails a late fitness test, with Warren Whiteley taking Burger’s place on the bench.