Sometimes a draw is worst than a lost and to draw a test match which you know you should have won is even worst than that.
The Springboks still have not lost in 2017 but Saturdays performance was not a step forward. Pieter Steph du Toit, Jaco Kriel, Siya Kolisi, Jan Serfontein and Kitsie all impressed on the day with Du Preez making another great contribution from the bench.
There was allot of good things the Boks did on the day but it was only in patches and next week we will need a full 80 minutes to even think of challenging the All Blacks in New Zealand.
We can also be sure that Hansen will pick his best side against the Boks which will put added pressure on this young team.
Tactics was my biggest problem in Saturdays test especially in that first half. It was almost if we have turned back the clock to 2016 and it was worrying that we still believe we can kick on Aussies back three and expect to retain the ball.
The less said about referee Glen Jackson the better so I am not even going to get into that as it is a wast of time and energy. What we do need to expect is that referees have different interpretations to the game and we need to learn to adopt to them.
We have enough changes to win this test and with three clear linebreaks we should have scored. Our finishing was not good enough and something we need to get right as the All Blacks do not give you allot of that in 80 minutes.
The Wallabies made over 300 more metres with ball in hand from 20 more carries than the Boks, while the visitors made close on 90 more tackles than the Aussies, missing only 14 for a 92% success rate.
Both sides kicked 23 times, but it was the Boks who carved off 842 meters via the boot, 150m more than the home side. Not that it was always at the right time, or executed that well. In fact, often they seemed to be too deep, giving the likes of Israel Folau and Kurtley Beale far too much time to deal with them.
In short our tactical kicking was poor.
The Boks made 18 handling errors 6 more than the Aussies and at this level it is nothing to be proud off.
Here is some stats from All out Rugby
Points: AUS 23-23 SA, Tries: AUS 2-2 SA Goal kicking %: AUS 83% – 83% SA, Possession: AUS 53% – 47% SA, Territory: AUS 53% – 47% SA, Ball in play: 31 minutes
Attacking stats: Ball Carries: AUS 99-79 SA, Metres run: AUS 823-497 SA, Line breaks: AUS 4-1 SA, Tackle breaks: AUS 3-4 SA, Passes: AUS 166-95 SA, Good Passes: AUS 161-86 SA, Offloads: AUS 5-7 SA, Rucks won: AUS 86-54 SA, Rucks lost: AUS 3-1 SA, Mauls won: AUS 1-6 SA, Mauls lost: AUS 0-0 SA, Turnovers conceded: AUS 6-9 SA
Defensive stats: Tackles made: AUS 78-167 SA, Tackles missed: AUS 10-14 SA, Tackle success: AUS 89% – 92% SA, Tackle turnover: AUS 1-0 SA, Dominant tackles: AUS 5-5 SA
Kicking stats: Kicks from hand: AUS 23-23 SA, Metres kicked: AUS 689-842 SA
Error stats: Handling errors: AUS 12-18 SA, Penalties conceded: AUS 6-7 SA
ct from the bench. Loads of good things today, but only in patches. Patience
Allot to work on this week and a huge challenge against the world number team, the All Blacks