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Meyer plays down expectations

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

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."

He went on: "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 withdraw from the team on Saturday 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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