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The significance of the World Cup, now just 60-odd days away, can’t be ignored when looking at the approach of the two teams – Australia and South Africa – to Saturday’s opening round of the Rugby Championship.
Both Michael Cheika and Heyneke Meyer are using the tournament to fine-tune their teams, but winning remains vitally important.
Any loss will cast doubt – not just about the personnel they are putting on trial, but also their gameplans. It will be a setback, regardless of what they say in public.
“As a Springbok coach it is always important to win,” Meyer told a media scrum in Brisbane this week.
However, he also made it clear that winning in Brisbane remains a massive hurdle – with South Africa boasting just one win from in nine matches in the Queensland capital since the Springboks’ readmission to the international fold in 1992, a stat that is further highlighted by the fact that they have just five wins from 26 visits to Australia in all matches in the same period. Three of those victories were in Perth, the Boks’ Aussie home.
Meyer said the last time the Boks visited Brisbane, in 2013 when they came away with a 38-12 win, was one of the best Springbok performances since he has been involved with the national team.
“You simply have to be at your best,” the Bok coach said, when asked what it would take to repeat the result of their last visit to the Suncorp Stadium.
“They [Australia] are the type of side that can run you ragged, so defensively you have to be very astute,” Meyer said.
He added that the rookie midfield pairing of Damian de Allende and Jesse Kriel will have a vital role to play on defence.
“We are facing one of the best attacking backlines and the way Australia have been playing under [Michael] Cheika is they move the ball around.
“We have to minimise our errors and if we get a chance we must score from their mistakes.”
Meyer also described Michael Cheika and Stephen Larkham as two of the “most astute” brains in the game and said they have an advantage, because they have been working with the players throughout the Super Rugby season, as Waratahs (Cheika) and Brumbies (Larkham) coaches.
“Because I didn’t have time with the national side, that is a frustration for me.
“For them most of the things are in place, because the bulk of the squad are from those two teams. [For them] it is easier to get going and have continuity.”
However, as in all Tests, it will start with the set pieces and the Boks will have to at their best.
The Bok mentor dismissed the notion that the Wallaby pack is the team’s soft underbelly.
Australia do have an unbelievable pack of forwards,” he said, adding: “Just look what the Brumbies did to the Stormers [in the Super Rugby play-offs].
“That [the Wallabies’ forwards are a weakness] is a misconception – they have really improved their forward play, especially their scrummaging.
“Previously they never had a driving maul and now they can maul as well they have a physical presence in the set pieces.
Australia Wallabies: 15 Israel Folau, 14 Adam Ashley-Cooper, 13 Tevita Kuridrani, 12 Matt Giteau, 11 Rob Horne, 10 Quade Cooper, 9 Will Genia, 8 Scott Higginbotham, 7 Michael Hooper, 6 Scott Fardy, 5 Rob Simmons, 4 Will Skelton, 3 Sekope Kepu, 2 Stephen Moore (captain), 1 James Slipper.
Replacement: 16 Tatafu Polota-Nau, 17 Scott Sio, 18 Greg Holmes, 19 James Horwill, 20 David Pocock, 21 Nick Phipps, 22 Matt Toomua, 23 Drew Mitchell.
South Africa: 15 Willie le Roux, 14 JP Pietersen, 13 Jesse Kriel, 12 Damian de Allende, 11 Bryan Habana, 10 Handré Pollard, 9 Ruan Pienaar, 8 Schalk Burger, 7 Marcell Coetzee, 6 Francois Louw, 5 Victor Matfield (captain), 4 Eben Etzebeth, 3 Jannie du Plessis, 2 Bismarck du Plessis, 1 Tendai Mtawarira.
Replacements: 16 Adriaan Strauss, 17 Heinke van der Merwe, 18 Frans Malherbe, 19 Lodewyk de Jager, 20 Teboho Mohoje, 21 Cobus Reinach, 22 Pat Lambie, 23 Lwazi Mvovo.