Super struggles not worrying Meyer

Date published: June 21 2015

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South Africa head coach Heyneke Meyer isn't panicking despite the dismal form of the country's sides in Super Rugby.

Only the Stormers qualified for the Super Rugby Final Series, before being knocked out at home by the Brumbies on Saturday and therefore ending South Africa's participation in the tournament.

Poor seasons for the Bulls, Sharks and Cheetahs have left South African supporters feeling frustrated, with only the Lions arguably surpassing expectations with nine wins.

A sixth South African franchise, the Kings, will be added in 2016 when Super Rugby expands.

From a Springbok perspective, Meyer hopes that the top form of his leading players is still to come.

"Obviously it is a concern, but in saying that there is always a positive as well and I don't believe a player can peak from February to October 31," Meyer told Reuters.

"If you look at the other countries, I know it is not always easy to compare, but many of the other superstars have not been at their best so it is important to peak at the right time.

"Confidence is contagious and so is a lack of confidence. In 2007 two (South African) teams were in the (Super Rugby) final and we won the World Cup so if I could have picked then obviously I would have liked teams to be in the final.

"But I don't think it is the be all and end all of winning the World Cup.

"A lot of the guys who are not on form are world-class players and one thing I have seen with these players is that once they put on the Springbok jersey we are talking about a totally different animal and it is my job to get their confidence up."

 

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