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Poite no concern for Springboks

12th September 2013 06:34


Romain Poite

Man in the middle: Romain Poite

South Africa head coach Heyneke Meyer says the officiating of Romain Poite at the breakdown is not a concern ahead of this Saturday.

Poite was in charge during South Africa's tricky win over Scotland earlier this year, with Meyer looking back on the match as a "blessing in disguise" despite the fact that his side were frequently penalised.

Having already experienced Poite's style of officiating this year, Meyer admits he is better prepared for the second time in Auckland, where the Springboks will be looking to become the first side to defeat New Zealand at Eden Park since 1994.

"It was a good learning curve for us," said Meyer.

"We've worked hard on the breakdown and it was one area that I've targeted since the beginning of the year where I've felt South Africa has really been left behind. Last Saturday, against good openside flankers, we have made huge improvements in that time.

"So It probably was a blessing in disguise.

"Saturday we face a different animal so we will have to be at our best. Saturday we face not just the best loose trio but a lot of other guys that are good at the breakdown as well.

"The All Blacks tend to force you into the wide channel and then target you with the counter ruck. They are also good at the counter ruck with box kicks so we have to be very clinical at the breakdown.

"I'm really happy with the work we've done at the breakdown so I don't foresee any problems there with the referee."

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