South Africa coach Meyer salutes his players after Samoa victory

Updated: 00:00 GMT, Jan 1, 1970 | Published: 08:22 GMT, Sep 27, 2015 |

An emotional Heyneke Meyer was more pleased with not conceding a try than with South Africa running in six as they resuscitated their World Cup campaign with a 46-6 win over Samoa on Saturday (September 26).

“The thing I’m proudest of is the players put their bodies on the line, that’s why there’s so many injuries and you have to do it week in and week out so we need the whole squad. But I’m proudest of the defence, to keep them out to no tries against a quality unit that for me shows that the players really listened, put their bodies on the line and just very physical out there so especially for all the players, like I said, a lot of criticism for the team to come out with a performance like that, I just salute them,” the Springboks coach pronounced after the Pool B triumph at Villa Park erased some of the hurt from their opening defeat against Japan

Meyer, with tears welling up during the post-match press conference, said he had insisted on a return to the playing style that best suited South Africa, with driving forwards and a kicking game.

“It’s also great to look yourself in the mirror and see how tough you are,” he said. “So it was a tough week. For me it’s fine; I’ve been here a few times but it was tough on my family and when it gets to your family it gets personal bu that’s why we coach, we’re here to serve. It’s not about us. Like I said, I don’t any credit; the team takes the credit but we went back to what I’m good at and the players bought in and we said that’s how we’re going to play so I’ just thankful for the players for listening to me and hopefully I can make a difference in somebody’s life today. That’s why I coach and it’s a great feeling sitting here as a coach and know your players really played for you today.”