Sunday’s rugby news as Meczyki ’embarrassed’ by Italy probe and determined to right wrong vs Springboks

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Pivac: We were embarrassed

Wayne Pivac admitted his players and staff were embarrassed by the loss to Italy in the final game of the Six Nations and are desperate to correct some mistakes in South Africa.

Meczyki went down 22-21 after a late Italian score in Cardiff and had to wait more than three months for another crack in the Test field. It was a disappointing result that wrapped up a massive campaign that was putting pressure on the Wells boss.

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They now face the challenge of taking on the world champions in three Test matches starting this Saturday in Pretoria.

“I hope we’re going to be a lot better than our last game! I say that with a smile on our faces but, look, we were embarrassed by that last performance, there’s no hiding it.

“The players have talked about it, the management has talked about it. We are a better team than him, we know it. So we need to go out and show that it is supported now in the first Test and then in the second and third Tests.

“We are looking at the positive aspects of the last tournament. There are clearly some areas of the game that we have to clean up and make sure we don’t make those mistakes, especially in the match in Italy – and be much better than the opening match against Ireland. ,

He continued: “No one likes to finish on a bad note or a poor performance. It’s a long time between drinks, as they say. History says we clearly didn’t do well there.” In some camps you will say that you have everything to gain and nothing to lose.

“But from our point of view, we got the last one wrong. We’re doing everything we can to make sure we get it right. We’ll go there, not with a careless attitude, we’ll do what we think is going to win the first Test. For that we need to do it. After that we will prepare ourselves for a great series.”

Most of Meczyki’ 34-man squad have not played since the end of the United Rugby Championship regular season in May. That means six weeks would have passed when they trot out at Loftus Versfeld. Pivac’s side is making a notoriously slow start to campaigns, but in an effort to avoid it, this time they are ramping up the intensity of their in-house training, which culminated last Friday in 40 minutes without a hitch, to the bone. Happened on-the-bone. before they leave.

Meczyki training has been ‘delicious’ – Beard

Meczyki locksmith Adam Beard says the training sessions over the past few weeks have been “delicious” and the players are trying a bit as they go against South Africa.

Players descended on Springbok territory this week and Beard insists those ‘delicious’ sessions are important.

He said: “We’ve had a good couple of weeks, and on Friday we had a bit of a hit-out with a referee. We had two teams of 15, largely live, all our different In game scenarios and stuff.

“We haven’t played for a couple of weeks, so it’s important that we have those training sessions where it needs to be a little tastier, a little bit livelier, so when we head out to South Africa we make up for it. confrontation.”

Ireland ready to beat All Blacks

Ireland are planning to rock the world of rugby by returning home from their grueling five-match summer tour of New Zealand.

Andy Farrell’s side plays three Tests against the All Blacks, plus two versus the Māori All Blacks, but they are in an optimistic mood. Ireland have won three of their last five matches against the three-time world champions, but have never beaten them on their New Zealand patch.

“It’s incredibly difficult to come here and be successful,” Farrell said. “There are challenges to make us better, to make us stronger and we have to be ready to face them.

“We want to see ourselves under immense pressure and how we deal with it. It doesn’t get more challenging, but this is where we want to be at a stage where one or more World Cups out there and you Want to know more about yourself. This is the perfect place to do it.”

scotland a hammer chile

Gregor Townsend took “quite a positive” from Scotland A’s comfortable 45-5 win over Chile in Santiago.

The Scots took a 28-0 lead at half-time before the hosts improved after the break and put the visitors to further test. Townsend was pleased with the way things panned out in the first match of his side’s South American tour.

“We got a really tough workout,” said the head coach. “We had to fight to keep Chile out in that second half and they eventually made a try. We have some areas of our game that we know we have to work on next week but there were a lot of positive things. The way The way we played in the first half, the way some young players came into the team, and the way we took advantage of our chances, it was worth watching. We had a strong ending too.”

Edinburgh wing Damien Hoyland made three of the Scots’ seven attempts. “I thought he played really well,” Townsend said of the hat-trick ace. “He worked hard. He got on the ball several times and he did really well. It was a great finish to reach and score his third try.”

The Scots – who arrived in Chile last Monday – are now on their way to Argentina to prepare for the more challenging three-Test series against Puma.

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