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The future looks bright - Meyer

29th June 2014 13:38

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SOUTH AFRICA V SCOTLAND

Dominant: South Africa

South Africa coach Heyneke Meyer praised his side's performance as his youngsters showed they are capable of playing Test rugby on Saturday.

The win was one-way traffic as Handre Pollard and others enjoyed strong showings against a poor Scotland outfit, with Meyer left delighted.

"Three years ago we started with some youngsters and as we suffered injuries we brought some of the older players back into the side," the coach said after the 55-6 triumph.

"A lot of them played brilliantly tonight, we asked for a big performance from a guy like JP Pietersen but it is also great that when we had injuries again the youngsters came through.

"We have an unbelievable 40 players that we can pick from so I am really happy with the guys coming through and I think the future looks bright."

Meanwhile, Scotland head coach Vern Cotter said that his team did not start well while they also conceded too many penalties but would, however, take some lessons from Saturday's defeat.

"We just have to repeat doing the good things and if we don't offer as many opportunities to the opposition as we did today we can shift in the right direction," Cotter said.

Meyer said he had asked his charges for a strong performance following their hard-fought victory over Wales in Mbombela a week ago, which is what he got in emphatic style as almost every player contributed to a carnival of tries at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium.

"I'm really proud of the guys - the message the whole week was that we have to come back after last week although I thought we played well last weekend and Wales were brilliant but we said we have to come back," Meyer said.

"We wanted to end it off with a performance that can make the country and the team proud before the Rugby Championship.

"We obviously attacked well but the thing that stood out is that we didn't concede any tries and most other teams, especially at the end, would probably have conceded a try because the Scots kept on firing and we kept them out."

Meyer added on Pollard: "We needed a flyhalf to stand up especially a young flyhalf, and he (Pollard) was awesome when he was on the front foot, he has a mature head on his shoulder and I thought he really played well.

"I am so proud of him and Jan Serfontein because way back he struggled with defence and now three weeks in a row he put in some of the biggest tackles.

"I thought he was awesome on defence especially with a youngster on his inside and I thought that when Fourie went off we lost a lot of rhythm but suddenly we have a very young backline."

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