Daily Maverick (Johannesburg)

4 October 2013

South Africa: Boks Vv All Blacks - It's Not Just a Magic 'Four-Try Formula'

analysis

Heyneke Meyer is a coach who firmly believes in the importance of psychology - he studied it at the University of Pretoria, after all - and he has been playing mind games all week when it comes to whether or not the Springboks will chase four tries in order to try and win the Rugby Championship against the All Blacks at Ellis Park on Saturday.

It is not the visitors who are the target of these mind games, but rather his own team. Every time a journalist mentioned "going for four tries" this week, Meyer would quickly say, "I just want to clarify that I've never said we're going for four tries".

The reason is not because the Springboks aren't going to try to win the Rugby Championship on Saturday but because Meyer is trying to ensure his team are thinking straight in Saturday's epic encounter.

If the Springboks go into Saturday's Rugby Championship finale focused on scoring four tries, they could well "forget" to concentrate on the basics, and thereby pass by the rugby equivalent of building an innings - laying a solid platform from which a team can successfully attack.

Meyer wants his side to...

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