My best Boks win – Meyer

Date published: June 21 2014

Springbok boss Heyneke Meyer claims Saturday's thrilling last-gasp 31-30 victory over Wales is his best yet in the top job.

Springbok boss Heyneke Meyer claims Saturday's thrilling last-gasp 31-30 victory over Wales is his best yet in the top job.

Trailing, at one stage, by 17 points, then by 13 as the match entered its final ten minutes, Meyer's men were forced to score two converted tries to triumph.

That they did, as first Willie le Roux showed typically dazzling footwork and a frightening turn of speed to dart over, before a dangerous shoulder charge from Liam Williams as Cornal Hendricks sped for the corner saw Steve Walsh award South Africa a second penalty try.

“This was my best win yet with the team as these are the matches you coach for. We were down and almost out, but the team showed massive character and resolve to pull this one through,” said Meyer.

“Wins like this stand out as this is where one's coaching philosophy and team selection are put under massive pressure. We had to dig very deep against a very good team.

“It is always difficult playing a tough team in consecutive weeks and we needed some luck out there today. Credit to Wales, who played very well.”

The former Bulls boss lauded the support from the Nelspruit crowd, which was still some 14,000 short of capacity.

“No one left their seats, even when we were still ten points behind with six minutes to play and looked likely to lose. That support lifted the team in those last minutes of the match and I want to salute the crowd,” proclaimed Meyer.

“In Durban we took every opportunity we had and scored. This weekend we did not and nearly paid the price. There is not much between the top sides in the world and I am very happy with the final result. It was an awesome test match.”

Boks skipper Victor Matfield, who broke his country's caps record on Saturday, was critical of his team's inability to build pressure on the Welsh defence, but praised their resilience to come through at the death.

“Last week we could get out of our own half and apply pressure to Wales in their half. This time around we did not manage to do that and it gave them a lot of space to run at us,” said Matfield.

“You need character to win the World Cup and we displayed some of that today. Our defence in last minutes to win the match was testimony of our will and mind set.

“We won this by coming back from behind. Last week we played well from the start, this time we had to come from behind. We were under massive pressure for most of the match, but came good when it counted.”