It is difficult to get pass the point that the same Springboks side can turn from bonus point winners to getting smash in Argentina a week later.
They started the game looking to play with the ball and sure they scored the first try through Kolisi but that was about it for the Boks on the night.
The same pack that dominated the Argentina scrum last week were poor this week.
The same pack that dominated the lineouts could not hold on to their own ball this week.
The same team that were solid in defence last week could not hold a tackle this week.
So were did it start go wrong?
Not at Etzebeth yellow card that just helped the Argentinians to rub it in.
For some reason the plan was to kick at the Argentinians. Now there is no problem if you have proper kicks which your speedsters can put pressure on, but if you kick senseless and no real chasers then why doing it.
The referee may have allowed the Argentinians to play close on the offside line but then you need to be able to adopt.
If you look at Rassie team sheet and bench you would think he wanted to play a forward dominated game, but that failed early on as the Argentinians was ready for it and hit the Springboks back in defence.
Faf de Klerk was poor on the night, with slow service and his tactical play as poor. Pollard was predictable on attack and again failed to impress.
Am and Esterhuizen had no impact at all and the gameplan did not suit either player.
With Mapimpi leaving the field early force Mapoe to the wing which did not help in the poor defensive game on the night.
The worst part of the backline was that they were going nowhere for about 90% of the game.
Our loose trio where nowhere in the game and where dominated by the Pumas throughout the match.
Struggle to look pass some stats from the game…
Meters Carried – Boks 630 Argentina 380, Carriers: Springboks 161 Argentina 90, Defenders beaten even, Clean Breaks- Springboks 14 Argentina 7, Turn Overs Conceded – Even, Tackles Made – Springboks 74 Argentina 149, Missed tackles Springboks 17 Argentina 16.
This does not show why a score of 32 to 19. It shows that Springboks had enough opportunities but failed to turn it into points.
Marx had a forgettable test and Beast looks like he have had his best days a few weeks ago. The replacement front row made a huge difference and surely Rassie must chance his mindset on his front row for the Aussie game.
For the 23 players only Wilco Louw and Kitshoff will get a score higher than 5 in my eyes.
It was a poor performance and this test is now two steps back.
Erasmus said after the match they looked like a club side, I actually feel you are insulting club rugby to say that.