On 27 January 2012 Heyneke Meyer succeeded Peter de Villiers as coach of the Springboks, a job many believed he should have been awarded 4 years ago.
Heyneke Meyer accomplished much success with The Blue Bulls, winning the Vodacom Cup in 2001, Currie Cup Champions 3years running 2002, 2003, 2004, joint Currie Cup Champions 2006, and in 2007 the first South African team to win a Super Rugby title (S14).
In Meyer’s 1st year of Springbok coach the Boks started and finished against England, beating them in the 1st test on 9 June 22-17 and ending their season not necessarily on a high note but walked off victorious 16-15 on 24 November.
During our Incoming Test series we played England on 3 occasions beating them twice 22-17 and 36-27 with the 3rd ending in a 14all draw.
In the Rugby Championship we faced new comers Argentina at home beating them 27-6 and drawing the away fixture 16all.
The next two tests we played away from home against old enemies The Wallabies and The All Blacks. Australia gave Meyer’s Springboks their first defeat 26-19. Next up was New Zealand and again we had to be happy with second best, final score 22-11.
During this time Springbok supporters started questioning Meyers kicking approach to the game, even going as far as wanting P Divvy back as Bok coach.
South Africa’s home leg of the Rugby Championship we saw a different Springbok team against Australia with Habana scoring a hat trick of tries, in the end South Africa scoring 5 tries and klapping the Wallabies 31-8. Unfortunately we couldn’t do the same against the All Blacks and got thumped 32-16 after we managed to keep them under control in the 1st 40.
During our End Of Year Tour we managed to win all our games, for some a successful tour, for others not the most exciting rugby or just plain boring to put it bluntly.
We did see a change in the fly half channel with Pat Lambie getting a shot after watching many games from the reserve bench.
We managed to beat the Irish 16-12 the Scots 21-10 and we ended the season the way we started by beating England 16-15.
Now that the season is finished, many will have their opinions and views on the way Meyer managed his team, team selection, combinations, game plan and availability of players.
Being the national coach can not be an easy job and the supporters most definitely did not make HM’s job any easier. After this year Meyer should have an idea of who to keep and which are past their play by date.
Let’s hope Meyer will have all is top Boks back next year, and though we might not have agreed with everything he did, the record for 2012 stands at W7 L3 D2 = 58.33%Tweet