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30th August 2013 14:48

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Heyneke Meyer at traiining with Boks

Heyneke Meyer: Wants to build on the Springboks' fine start

Springbok boss Heyneke Meyer is determined for his side to stay unbeaten during the Australasian leg of their Rugby Championship campaign.

The Boks started their campaign with an impressive 73-13 victory over Argentina in Soweto before battling to a 22-17 triumph over los Pumas in Mendoza last weekend.

South Africa's next match is against Australia in Brisbane on September 7 before facing New Zealand in Auckland on September 14. And Meyer will settle for nothing less than two victories before they return home to finish their campaign.

"If you open the back door for only one win, you will probably only win one and," said Meyer.

"I've never coached with the attitude of not winning a game.

"I want to win every single game until the World Cup and that needs to be the attitude of the team.

"You go into games to win it and if you don't believe you can win it, there is no use climbing on the airplane."

The Springboks face a tough hurdle in next weekend's Test in Brisbane.

They have not beaten the Wallabies on Australian soil since 2009, and Brisbane, in particular, has been unkind to the Boks, where they last won a match in 1971.

While the Boks' victory over Argentina in Mendoza last weekend was anything but convincing, they had now won eight matches on the trot.

"Every single win away for me is a great win," added Meyer.

"We've won four on the trot away from home.

"We got a lot of confidence out of that game (in Mendoza)."

Meyer said the team had learnt a great deal from the tightly-contested matches during the year-end tour to the UK and more recently against Scotland at home.

"Slowly but surely the team is learning and starting to adapt to what I want and how to handle pressure," he explained.

"Away games will always be an arm wrestle. You get stuck in, you have to have your set phases at 100 percent.

"You need good defence, to absorb the pressure and you need a 90-percent plus goal-kicker, which cost us last year."

The Bok mentor said history suggested the odds were stacked against them, but he believed his side had shown a defiant character.

"I am happy with the way we are starting to absorb pressure," said Meyer.

"Now we face our biggest challenge because we haven't won there for quite some time.

"We'd never won at Soccer City (Soweto) and we'd never won in Mendoza, and now we've done that.

"I believe the team is mentally getting stronger, so there is a mental toughness getting into the team."

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Saturday , November 8
Ireland vs South Africa17:00
Saturday , November 15
England vs South Africa14:30
Saturday , November 22
Italy vs South Africa14:30
Saturday , November 29
Wales vs South Africa14:30
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Saturday , September 27
South Africa vs Australia16:05
Saturday , October 4
South Africa vs New Zealand16:05
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Saturday , September 13
New Zealand 14 - 10 South AfricaNew Zealand vs South Africa Report
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Australia 24 - 23 South AfricaAustralia vs South Africa Report
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Argentina 31 - 33 South Africa
Saturday , August 16
South Africa 13 - 6 Argentina
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2South Africa410
3Australia410
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