James Mortimer 03.Oct.2012Getty Images
Up until their match in Pretoria against the Wallabies, the Springboks were playing a style witnessed throughout history, as well as resembling the Bulls that Meyer took to Super Rugby glory in 2007, attracting more than one whisper of criticism from the Republic’s media for being too one-dimensional.
Yet the selection of Cheetahs first five-eighth Johan Goosen was predicted to spark the Springboks backline, and his willingness to run saw the South Africans attack in a manner unseen for years.
Coach Heyneke Meyer and captain Jean de Villiers, while praising Goosen, said that it wasn’t his inclusion that sparked the Springboks, but an understanding of the way the coaching team wanted the side to play.
"When I went through the video (of the Wallabies match in Pretoria) there was almost silence for the whole video because there was not much that I could add," Meyer said.
"They are starting to understand the game plan, what we want from them and how we want them to play."
How the Springboks approach the game will interest as playing an open game like Goosen prefers against the All Blacks could be suicide, as the Argentineans found out to their peril last week.
Further to this will be the fact that every Springbok, especially forward, knows that they have the physical attributes to rattle their Black clad nemesis.
All Blacks back coach Ian Foster expected the new Springbok model.
"They've had a lot of success with Morne Steyn there. They weren't happy with that formula in Dunedin so they've changed that," Foster said.
"Certainly it looked like they've got intentions to play with more width than they did against us in Dunedin and we expect that to continue. They may chuck a few different things at us. They seem to have got a lot of confidence from the way they played last week."