Meyer: We have different dimensions
South Africa coach Heyneke Meyer believes his side's victory over Wales proved they will be serious contenders at the next World Cup.
The Springboks registered their 25th victory over Wales at the Millennium Stadium, triumphing 24-15 and by three tries to nil as captain Jean de Villiers, Bismarck du Plessis and Fourie du Preez all crossed.
The recent Rugby Championship suggested Meyer's men are the only side who currently look capable of challenging world champions New Zealand, having pushed the All Blacks all the way in the recent title decider.
Meyer's side have added a cutting edge in attack to their typical physical, direct approach and he feels the ability to adapt their game to different conditions will be a real asset when England host the 2015 World Cup in two years time.
"This was a totally different game. It's not like playing in the Rugby Championship. You cannot play off scrums, you don't get any quick ball," he said.
"We are starting to adapt, we knew this would be physical and we know they are a quality side as they showed in the Lions series where most of their players were involved.
"So I knew this would be a totally different challenge and we had to be astute tactically. It was a great win, scoring three tries against a team with an unbelievable attack themselves.
"We know we can't play just one brand of rugby, it is no use winning games in the Rugby Championship and scoring four tries against the All Blacks then suddenly, when under pressure, not be able to play a different style.
"But we have a great, big pack of forwards. They can score tries and be good in set phases and mauls, which were very good in this game, and we were good defensively.
"We know the World Cup will be in these conditions so we always have that in the back of our minds and we have shown a balance we can score tries but we can also out-muscle teams."
The Springboks now move on to face Scotland at Murrayfield next weekend, before a meeting with France in Paris.
Morne Steyn will be assessed this week after a back spasm forced him off in Cardiff, but, despite his side being involved in a savage Test match against the Six Nations champions, Meyer will not make changes for the sake of it.
"I don't believes in resting at international level," he said. "There is rest at home or in other competitions. But we do want to manage the guys, and I use the word 'manage' because it has been a long season.
"It's a five-day turnaround from our game against Scotland to our game against France and so we need to take calculated risks and make sure guys are 100 per cent against Scotland and 100 per cent ready and fit to face France.
"But I won't be giving away caps, if guys are there they deserve it and we will give guys a chance and give some guys a mental break.
"We have played Scotland a few times so we know it is going to be tough but I am confident in these players and they can't wait to go."