South Africa coach Heyneke Meyer delighted with record-breaking side
Last Updated: 07/09/13 5:16pm
Springboks soar in Brisbane
South Africa coach Heyneke Meyer paid fulsome tribute to his side after they secured their biggest-ever win on Australian soil, a 38-12 Rugby Championship rout in Brisbane.
The win in front of 43,715 spectators at Lang Park - which inluded theree tries in the final qurater - was the Springboks' first victory at the venue in eight attempts.
"I thought our defence was awesome," Meyer said. "I truly believe we won the game firstly in our minds and secondly without the ball because the whole message was we needed to make more than 150 tackles.
"If they get momentum they are a very good side. I was very happy the way we attacked at the end.
"We really believed we could win. We wanted to show if you work together nothing is impossible.
The win puts South Africa on top of the standings with three wins ahead of a meeting with New Zealand - and Meyer knows Eden Park will provide a different test.
"A lot of things worked, but we need to keep our feet on the ground and stay humble because next week is a bigger challenge," he said.
Wallabies coach Ewen McKenzie, who is still searching for his first win after three games, admits that basic errors cost his side dear.
"It doesn't matter who you play if you drop the ball in key moments and they counter-attack it's hard work," he said.
"You've got to create opportunities and you've got to grab them. We didn't quite get there. That was the frustrating thing. We got up there in front of the goalposts four times and turned the ball over.
"There are bits of the game that are improving slowly but you are judged on the scoreboard and that's not an acceptable outcome. We made it too easy for them in the second half."