Tactical edge pleases Meyer

Date published: November 16 2014

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South Africa head coach Heyneke Meyer was pleased with how his team handled the conditions in Saturday’s win at Twickenham.

South Africa head coach Heyneke Meyer was pleased with how his team handled the conditions in Saturday’s win at Twickenham.

Rain before kickoff and in the first half made ball handling difficult, with South Africa soaking up England’s attacks and punishing their mistakes.

The Springboks scored three tries through Jan Serfontein, Cobus Reinach and Man of the Match winner Schalk Burger.

“I’m very proud of the guys – it was a clinical performance and we played tactically very well in the conditions,” said Meyer.

“Even though it was wet and the ball was quite slippery, we still scored three tries, while there could’ve been a fourth.

“I also thought the players did very well to keep their composure and take back the lead after England scored two quick tries early in the second half.”

Meyer called for more intensity from his squad in the build-up to next week’s Test match against Italy.

“Our challenge this week is to keep building on this performance when we face Italy in Padova next weekend. We have to lift the intensity even more.”

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