Springbok coach Heyneke Meyer has instilled some belief into his team by saying that he wants the men in green and gold to chase a bonus point against the All Blacks, which would win them the Rugby Championship trophy.
The All Blacks and Springboks currently sit on 23 and 18 points respectively on the log, and the Springboks would require a bonus point win against the New Zealanders on Saturday at Ellis Park – a tall order, but something Meyer believes can be done, but knows the risks involved too.
“I definitely want the team to go for the four tries.”
“It will be very difficult because if you go out to score tries the game will open up and they will get opportunities to score.
“The way they play, they like to put you under pressure and play from your mistakes. But we will have to go for it. We can’t be in two minds about it.
“It will take a lot to score four tries against New Zealand, but if we don’t go out there and try I don’t see the use of playing.”
Meyer also squashed the notion of “revenge” from the controversy surrounding the Eden Park test, and assured that it’s just business as usual.
“There is no talk of revenge,” said Meyer. “We have the utmost respect for the All Blacks. Things happened at Auckland that were out of our control. We don’t play on emotion. We want to be the best team in the world and to win the World Cup.”