Heyneke, don’t change being who you are in the coach’s box. Your passion is infectious.
Springbok coach Heyneke Meyer’s emotional roller coaster ride when watching his Springboks makes for great television but it also warms the soul if you are a Springbok supporter.
It’s wonderful to see a coach express such emotion, show such happiness and let it all out during those 80 minutes.
If a television camera was on the average South Africa rugby supporter for the 80 minutes of a Bok Test I am guessing the visuals would look pretty similar.
I find it great to watch, for all the right reasons. There is absolutely nothing for the Bok coach to be embarrassed about and he certainly shouldn’t be apologizing after a game for showing off this emotion.
Meyer has given the Boks the integrity needed among the leadership. He is such a fantastic rugby ambassador for the Springboks. He commands respect from the opposition players and coaches and his Super Rugby and Currie Cup successes with the Bulls were earned through a mixture of hard work, discipline, passion and the application of rugby intellect.
All Blacks coach Steve Hansen described Meyer as a wonderful man and a great rugby coach. He said the All Blacks had the utmost respect for Meyer and his Springboks and said that ‘win, lose or draw’ the one team would be in the other’s shed after the game to share a beer.
That is what Test rugby should be about when the best plays the best. It should be about giving it all on the field for 80 minutes, and then reflecting on the drama in each other’s company after the final whistle.
There is respect between these two coaches and the respective players and it’s a respect earned through what each has done on a rugby field.
There has been no trash talking of each other and there has been reverence from within each squad, in relation to the other.
It may make for a boring media soundbite but it makes for a sensational Test match occasion.
This one is going to be filled with emotion and the Bok coach must never feel he has to bottle up that emotion because a television camera is on him for 80 minutes.