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South Africa coach Heyneke Meyer relieved with Ireland win

Updated: Sunday, 11 Nov 2012 12:59 | Comments

South Africa face Scotland next before finishing their tour against England
South Africa face Scotland next before finishing their tour against England

South Africa coach Heyneke Meyer has sought to diffuse expectations of a triumphant tour of Europe despite yesterday's 16-12 victory over Ireland.

A second-half revival enabled the injury-hit Springboks to score 16 unanswered points as they put their troubled Rugby Championship in the rear view mirror.

Edinburgh is the next stop of a three-Test tour that concludes against England at Twickenham on November 24 and Meyer refuses to underestimate the Scots.

"We've been under the sword a few times year and we'll take a lot from our win against Ireland," he said.

"But we have to keep our feet on the ground and stay humble. There's still stuff to learn and Scotland are waiting for us.

"We'd like to stay unbeaten on this tour but Scotland are a great team so we won't be arrogant.

"There is a lot of confidence growing in this team. There's a great vibe.

"Losing to Ireland would have been a huge setback because I have so much faith in this team and what they do."

Prop Tendai 'Beast' Mtawarira withdrew from the team yesterday morning after suffering heart palpitations.

The Sharks front row was released from hospital and an update on his condition is expected in due course.

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