Meyer talks up unlikely win

Sat, Nov 10, 2012, 00:00

Rugby:After witnessing the worst half of rugby he had "ever seen", South Africa coach Heyneke Meyer insisted his side's 16-12 win over Ireland at the Aviva Stadium will move the Springboks two "steps forward".

South Africa came from 12-3 down at the break, as the two depleted sides kicked off autumn internationals with a forgettable encounter in Dubliin.

The Springboks trailed by nine after Jonathan Sexton kicked the hosts into a commanding lead, taking full advantage of a limp first half display from the visitors.

Ireland had failed to profit, however, when the Springboks lost JP Pietersen to a yellow card before the break and South Africa made no mistake when home captain Jamie Heaslip was sent to the sin-bin in the second half, and a Ruan Pienaar try, together with the boot of Pat Lambie, saw them home.