BRISBANE, Australia, September 9 – Springbok captain Siya Kolisi lamented the team’s high error-rate in their disappointing 23-18 defeat against the Wallabies in Brisbane on Saturday.
Bok coach Rassie Erasmus caught many by surprise when he made as many as six changes to the team for this encounter despite the fact his side suffered a shock loss to Argentina the last time out.
Erasmus suggested that defeat in Mendoza had left the Boks with a win-at-all-costs mentality, but a new-look side failed to fire despite making an encouraging start to proceedings that saw them lead 15-7 after half an hour of play.
Basic handling errors and poor execution haunted the Boks, while they conceded as many as 18 turnovers in a shockingly sloppy performance.
In a post-match interview, Kolisi said there were certainly no excuses.
“We made far too many errors. We were our own worst enemies. We were stuck in our half for most of the second half. They did well to put pressure on us.
“We must go and look at the game now. It is frustrating to lose like that. We will have to look at where we went wrong and have come back strong next week.”
Wallabies skipper Michael Hooper said he was pleased by the manner in which they managed to keep the Boks scoreless in the second half.
“These guys can really make you pay with Willie le Roux at the back, their wingers and Elton (Jantjies) at 10, so we knew we had to be on our game, and it was an improvement from the last couple of weeks.”
The Boks will next face the daunting task of taking on the unbeaten All Blacks in Wellington.
– African News Agency (ANA)