Rudolph Jacobs
Rugby journalist
1 minute read
11 Nov 2013
6:00 am

Winning try ‘cannot be coached’ – Meyer

Rudolph Jacobs

The try which eventually broke the Welsh backs in Cardiff on Saturday is something which simply can't be coached, stated Springbok coach Heyneke Meyer.

FILE PICTURE. Fourie du Preez scoring a try. Picture: Steve Haag/Gallo Images

Scrumhalf Fourie du Preez scored the decisive third try in the 24-15 win over Wales and Meyer said he was vindicated after superb play between Du Preez and the returning centre Jaque Fourie.

“I took a lot of criticism for bringing those guys back, but I am glad I did because they were perhaps the difference today,” said Meyer.

“That play that led to the try cannot be coached, it was just brilliant,” said Meyer.

Even though the Boks lead early on by 17-6 they struggled to remain ahead on the scoreboard and it was only this try in the 65th minute that clinched matters – even though replays showed that Fourie was slightly ahead of Du Preez in the kick-chase.

“I thought Fourie was brilliant, and the way he and Jaque combined for that third try probably won us the game,” said Meyer.

Welsh captain Sam Warburton said they felt they could snatch matters when they reduced the Boks lead to just 17-15 after 55 minutes.

“It was very frustrating not to get the win, it was not to be,” said Warburton.

“I felt we were in control for 23 minutes of the second half, but we paid the price for losing crucial possessionwhich lead to their final try,” he said.

*Morne Steyn in the meantime will be available after leaving the field as a precaution with a back spasm in the first quarter.

Meyer, who said the squad will have today off before the Test against Scotland on Sunday, said Steyn injured himself in a pre-match warmup.

Meyer said however he will mix and match combinations for this weekend which could see lock Bakkies Botha and prop Lourens Adriaanse back into the mix.