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Port Elizabeth – Springbok coach Heyneke Meyer complimented his squad after the team's commanding performance against Scotland at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium in Port Elizabeth.
The Springboks defeated the visitors 55-6 to conclude the four-match Incoming Series with an undefeated record.
The team earlier beat Wales in Durban and Nelspruit and started the June Test window with a win over a World XV at Newlands in Cape Town.
“I am very proud of the guys. The message was that we had to come back and make the country and team proud after the close call last week and we did that,” Meyer said.
“One thing that stands out for me was us not conceding tries. We kept the Scots out for those last minutes when other teams would have leaked a try.
“Our defence was awesome, but we also played very well on attack.”
Meyer gave a lot of credit to New Zealand referee Glen Jackson.
“He managed the breakdown well and we were able to get quick ball and played a lot of rugby on our front foot.
“Scotland did manage to mess up our rhythm in the second part of the half, but we came out well again in the second half and scored some nice tries.
“It is awesome to put 50 points behind any team at this level.”
Meyer thanked the home crowd, who turned up in huge numbers.
“We heard that almost all the tickets were sold and wanted to give the crowd something special here today. We wanted to thank them by delivering a good performance.”
Meyer expressed concern about a possible ankle injury to stalwart Fourie du Preez and said he hoped this would not prevent the star scrumhalf from playing in the Rugby Championship.
“He will undergo a scan as soon as possible to determine the extent of his injury. His control of the game is important to us for the Rugby Championship.”
Meyer was full of praise for the performances from a number of younger players, including debutant flyhalf Handre Pollard and try-scoring lock Lood de Jager, who started in his first match.
“With all the locks out injured, it was great to see Lood came through.
“We have close to 30 guys out, so it will be difficult to pick a squad once all of them are fit again.
“Handre is already a matured player and he combined well with Jan Serfontein today. They are pressuring the first-choice players and a lot of the new guys will be contenders for the Rugby Championship, where I can only pick a squad of 30.” – Sapa