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Meyer takes positives from Mendoza

26th August 2013 07:00

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Wake-up call: Heyneke Meyer

South Africa head coach Heyneke Meyer vented his frustration after his side's 22-17 win over Argentina, but tried to take the positives.

The success in Mendoza, whilst uninspiring, was South Africa's eighth consecutive victory and their first away win in the Tri-Nations/Rugby Championship for three years.

However the manner of their victory was criticised by Meyer, in a game where South Africa were unable to replicate the clinical edge they showed a week before at Soccer City.

The Springboks were held to a 18-18 draw in Mendoza in last year's tournament, with Meyer stating that he was pleased to have a wake-up call ahead of facing Australia in two weeks time.

"I am obviously not happy, it was not good enough. If you look in the change room the guys are not happy and if you are not happy with a win by five points that is a sign of a team that is on the up," said Meyer.

"We have won eight on the bounce now and this was our first away win in three years in the Rugby Championship and it is also four away games on the trot.

"We knew they were going to go back to their style of play and I wasn't happy with the first half because we were not there physically and mentally.

"There were some harsh words at half-time and I thought our captain was brilliant and they didn't score a point in the second half.

"Last year in our first game we got four points and this year we got five, last year in Argentina we got two points and although we didn't play well today we got four.

"I am not happy but I think it is great that it happened now, especially as we have got three (away) games on the trot. I believe if this had not happened then we would have been in for a big hiding from Australia.

"We will take it on the chin, and we have to work harder and keep our feet on the ground but we are looking forward to Australia.

"I believe that if we had played open rugby and scored a lot of tries we wouldn't have learned anything from this and we genuinely would have struggled against Australia."

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