Boks are prepared for any conditions


CAPE TOWN — Springbok coach Heyneke Meyer reckons his team has become adaptable enough to be able to win no matter what conditions the vengeful last gasps of the Cape winter may throw at his team at Newlands on Saturday.


With the Castle Lager Rugby Championship having reached a stage where bonus points have become crucial in the jostling to determine the winner, it is generally accepted that a good win over the Wallabies is a non-negotiable for Jean de Villiers and his team.

Of course, a wet day could get in the way of that objective, and Meyer admits that he is paying more attention to the weather than he normally would in the build-up to a test.

But while he says he would far prefer Saturday to be a dry day and the underfoot conditions firm and fast, it won’t be a disaster if another one of those rainy squalls that don’t seem to understand that 1 September is supposed to be the beginning of Spring in South Africa, comes rolling along the side of Table Mountain and condemns it to be a wet-weather test match.

“The weather is a consideration and I am taking note of it, and it is funny to think that in the past we would probably have preferred a wet field against the Wallabies but now that has changed,” said Meyer on Monday.