Springboks expecting quick contest

Robert Lowe, NZ Newswire September 13, 2012, 3:26 pm

Springboks coach Heyneke Meyer believes the conditions provided by Dunedin's covered stadium could produce a potential try-fest in the Rugby Championship Test against the All Blacks.

Meyer expects the indoor environment to be more of an advantage to the home side on Saturday night.

But while he has stuck with a conservative-looking line-up for the match, he says his own players are looking forward to a dry surface.

"It's the same for both teams, but I think it suits their game probably more," he said.

"But we also play great rugby at the high veldt, where it's dry, so I think it's going to be a quick game with probably a lot of tries."

The Test will be the first at Forsyth Barr Stadium for both the All Blacks and the Springboks.

The teams last met in Dunedin in 2008, when South Africa finally broke their duck at the old Carisbrook ground after 87 years of trying.

The win was secured by an individual piece of magic from halfback Enrico Januarie, whose solo try was converted by Francois Steyn to take the visitors to a decisive 30-28 victory.

The Springboks have a made a tactical change to their loose trio for the upcoming Test, with Francois Louw coming in for Marcell Coetzee at openside flanker.

The move is aimed at combating the New Zealand loosies, led by skipper Richie McCaw, in broken play.

The 27-year-old Louw, who is with the Bath club in England, likes to see himself as having a versatile skill set, but is happy to assume the role of specialist openside.

"The guys see me more as a player that plays more directly towards the break-down, to the ball, hopefully getting turnovers and slowing down opposition ball," he said.

"I don't like to box myself in like that. I feel I can play an all-round role as a loose forward, but this is the role I need to play this weekend."

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  1. il Duce05:07pm Thursday 13th September 2012 NZSTReport Abuse

    Take a hike into the Uraweras, Pigs Gonads..and ask the first Maori you see..if you have the guts!! ...oh! before you go....what flowers do you like??

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  2. Bluje05:05pm Thursday 13th September 2012 NZSTReport Abuse

    Take your cameras Bokke, you should get some cool close up pics of all those tries.

  3. PG04:54pm Thursday 13th September 2012 NZSTReport Abuse

    But who owns the rain water expected to fall on Sat nite?

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  4. il Duce04:15pm Thursday 13th September 2012 NZSTReport Abuse

    He's right ..with the SA game plan there is a possibility of the ball getting caught in the dome superstructure!!


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