South Africa’s head coach Heyneke Meyer has said that winning the Cup demands “guys who are mentally tough,” and the truth of his words were recently reflected by Glasgow and Bath in a contrasting weekend display.
Meyer’s words nevertheless reflect a shift in attitude for South Africa. Talking about what he thinks it takes to win a Cup, Meyer said that it wasn’t always won by the team that “wants it most” since every team wants to win it. Nor was it always the best side who won it. Instead, he has said he believes “World Cups are about guys who can handle the pressure” since the pressure is so intense.