Meyer wants win and World Cup experience

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South Africa head coach Heyneke Meyer has the World Cup in his sights
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South Africa head coach Heyneke Meyer has the World Cup in his sights

South Africa head coach Heyneke Meyer will have a second away win of the year in his sights and the 2015 Rugby World Cup on his mind as his side take on Scotland this weekend.

Saturday's EMC Test at Murrayfield comes two years on from the Springboks' last trip to Edinburgh, when the then world champions were beaten 21-17.

Victory is the main goal for Meyer against a Scotland side beaten 51-22 by New Zealand on Sunday, but the former Leicester coach is also hoping to help his players build experience and confidence from playing in European conditions ahead of the World Cup in England. "Winning is non-negotiable," Meyer said.

The 16-12 defeat of Ireland was a new-look South Africa's first away win this year, following the draw in Argentina and losses to Australia and New Zealand in the Rugby Championship.

Meyer added: "I don't care whether it's by one point or two points, we just want to go out there and win the game. We've been struggling away from home and now I can see the confidence is coming."

Meyer has made two changes from the side which won in Dublin, with Toulouse loosehead Gurthro Steenkamp starting at prop in place of CJ van der Linde, who himself was a late replacement for Tendai Mtawarira on Saturday. Mtawarira, nicknamed 'the Beast' has returned home due to a heart condition.

Juan de Jongh will start at outside centre in place of Jaco Taute, who, like Van der Linde, has been included on the bench.

"I felt playing Scotland, because they're a quality side this is more or less the same side," Meyer said.

"I thought our defence was excellent in the previous game (against Ireland) and playing Scotland, who scored three good tries against the All Blacks, we wanted continuity.

"I thought it was 10 minutes of brilliance from New Zealand which actually cracked open the game. We really want to improve the way we play, we really want to take it to Scotland and concentrate the way we're playing and hopefully we'll win on Saturday."

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