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Meyer praises Springbok defence

The Springboks’ 21-10 win over Scotland on Saturday is accredited to the solid defence exhibited by the visitors, according to Heyneke Meyer.

Springboks coach Heyneke Meyer has hailed his side’s defence, as the Boks were able to seal a 21-10 win by holding out a strong second-half burst from the Scottish.

With Adriaan Strauss making his way across the tryline twice, along with three Patrick Lambie penalties, the Boks were in a dominant position, but the persistent and patient tackling from the visitors helped stop the Scottish from making any head-way.

“All credit to Scotland, they played superbly and just great, great defence kept them out,” Meyer said. “It was not a great game but I’ll take an ugly win. We know we can play much better but we mustn’t take anything away from Scotland.

“They came out and gave everything for their country. I think they can be proud of what they achieved today. We’re in a learning curve and I thought the guys didn’t panic. Our defence was awesome.

“To keep them out at the end, it really showed the character of this young team.”

One of their star performers was flanker Francois Louw, who was given the Man of the Match award, and he too praised his team’s defence.

“You’ve got to give credit to the Scots,” Louw told the BBC. “They came out and put on a fight there. We had to fight for every inch. Credit to our guys for holding out in defence.”

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