Coach Meyer spurs on Boks
SPRINGBOK coach Heyneke Meyer has challenged his team to improve on last week's performance for the second rugby test against England at Ellis Park on Saturday.
Meyer made only one enforced change to the starting lineup that beat England 22-17 in Durban, by including Pat Lambie at fullback in place of the injured Zane Kirchner. He also made two changes to the bench.
Bulls wing Bjorn Basson takes his place among the reserves with Lambie's elevation to the starting lineup, while Bulls prop Werner Kruger comes in for the injured Coenie Oosthuizen.
Picking a specialist tighthead as cover was always going to count in Kruger's favour as Jannie du Plessis could move to the loosehead side if Beast Mtawarira is injured.
"It's been unusual to have an almost unchanged team two weeks in succession and it gives us a chance to work on the aspects of the game we want to improve," Meyer said.
"I was happy with some parts of our game last week but there is a lot we still need to work on. We have high standards and we got a lot of things wrong. I expect that England will also change their tactics by keeping the ball more and moving us around.
"It's vital that we lift our standards for the second test. Altitude does give us a slight advantage but you can't expect the stadium or the fans to go out and win the game for you. If we want to be the best in the world it's up to us to perform."
Lambie's inclusion will grow the Boks' attacking repertoire but Meyer said the youngster has to improve his kicking game to become one of the best fullbacks in the world.