To think that all is now suddenly well with Springbok rugby is as much an far fetch idea as electric cars saving our planet.
Although we can be proud of the way the Springboks came back last week against England and the way they play on attack there is much work to be done before they can compete week in and week out against the best.
For the Springboks to get better they need to evolve in every game they play.
Grow and learn is the words from assistant coach Proudfoot. The forwards need to improve for this weekend. All was not well with the pack in the first test.
Wilco Louw struggled in the scrums and only when the replacements came on the Springboks got some kind of ascendancy
Erasmus said he will take calculated risk in team selection, this may see some changes to the team that beat England in that first test.
There is a bigger picture than just this series for Erasmus and his players and he will not shy away from getting this team ready for the World Cup next year.
“If you understand Rassie’s philosophy and his leadership to us coaches and the team. He wants us to grow and get better each week. There will always be change,” Proudfoot explained.
“And every week we will change and we will grow. That has been our focus, not so much on England but where can we improve and where can we change.
Rassie wants us to be a dynamic side, he wants us to understand that there will be changes in the team and that is the way we operate.”
Rassie wants players to start thinking like coaches rather than a game plan that has been blue printed to them.
“It really depends what the opposition gives you on the day. What England gave us on Saturday was space out wide, which the players saw. It wasn’t the all-out plan that we went out to that game and said that was where we wanted to exploit them” said Rassie.
“I think the players saw the opportunities when we were under pressure on defence and they saw the opportunities on attack.
Defence was poor to let so many tries in on Saturday and that is not something you want to do against New Zealand and Australia.
It will be interesting to see what game Rassie and his team play on Saturday and who he will pick for the second test