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10 things we have learnt about Heyneke Meyer in the lead up to the Rugby World Cup

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heyneke meyer1.In November Heyneke Meyer realised the Springboks need to play rugby more suitable to the Northern Hemisphere so he replaced Handre Pollard with Patrick Lambie. Now in August the penny dropped, South Africa must play Northern Hemisphere rugby, so he replaced Pollard for Lambie.

2. Elton Jantjies, Lionel Mapoe and Scarra Ntubeni have been kept out of the public eye by being in the Springbok squad but not playing for the Boks and because they are kept in the squad they havn’t appeared for their respective teams in the Currie Cup.

3. Heyneke Meyer states that most sides these days play open-side flankers.This observation only a mere 40 years after teams started playing open-side flankers.

4. Heyneke Meyer selects Jesse Kriel at outside centre the selection proves to be inspirational but denies Lionel Mapoe an opportunity to stake a claim in the team.

5. Heyneke Meyer has overseen the Springboks fall in World Rankings with a first loss to Argentina and only our second ever loss to Wales.

6. Heyneke Meyer has a squad that is only fit enough for 60 minutes of rugby.

7. Having a look at your options especially at scrum-half, inside centre and outside centre means playing the same player in that position over and over.

8. The way to play winning rugby is to play less rugby and be tactically smarter.

9. Heyneke Meyer may be in charge for a further 4 years.

10. ‘Domkrag’ rugby rules in SA and won’t go away.

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4 thoughts on “10 things we have learnt about Heyneke Meyer in the lead up to the Rugby World Cup

  1. Hi Stephen, Yes, it seems that comet didn’t quite wipe out all the dinosaurs way back when a few obviously survived and now run SA rugby. You could have added the only coach in the world who’s not having sleepless nights about his team. The only coach who still talks about ”grinding” out a win these days. ‘Grinding out’ is just another word for dom krag after all. Lol.

    Have you ever seen a coach so uncomfortable in front of the camera during his post match ramble ? Psychologists would have a field day reading his body signals. To be honest I don’t think he is in good shape. Cheers for now.

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    • I have also felt that he has been uncomfortable with some questions in his interviews. I think he is desperate for some reassurance. Which leaves a supporter like myself questioning if he is actually sure about what he is doing, whereas even if you are doing it the wrong way, you should do it with conviction.

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  2. I’m not completely sure that ‘Northern Hemisphere rugby’ wins the world cup because its in the Northern Hemisphere. After all, the first two world cups in the northern hemisphere went to the wallabies who were not playing ‘northern Hemisphere rugby’ – especially in 99.

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    • Yes I totally agree. Define ‘Northern Hemisphere rugby’, if it means 10 man rugby then maybe we should look no further than R.S.A.

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