Lets get it out of the way from the start, it was a poor performance from the Springboks in PE on Saturday when they beat Australia 23-12.
Take nothing away from the Aussies but the Springboks was supposed to knocked them over with atleast 15 points or more.
As from the first test this year the Springboks were again unable to put all the Aussies away when the opportunities came in the game.
Handling was also a problem but like we said in the pre-match review you can not expect the backs to be clinical when you play every week with a different midfield combination.
Esterhuizen did not lift up to expectation and to be honest neither did Kriel at 13.
The Springboks made 18 handling errors in the match which is unacceptable at this level.
The Springboks went back to their defensive mode in the second half and almost at times looking out of breath.
With the Aussies making 512 meters with 102 carries against the Boks 379 meters from 70, one can see that we played agains without the ball.
The kicking game failed yet again with most of the poor kicks again coming from Faf De Klerk with his box-kicks.
The Springboks manage only 4 linebreaks and had only 40% possession in the match.
David Pocock also schooled the Springboks at the breakdown points but one can also be upset with the french referee giving the Aussies much more time on the ball at the breakdown than he gave the Springboks.
The problem was that we had too many one-off runners being isolated in the tackle.
Our tackle completion was also poor at 88% against the Aussies 91%.
Making 169 tackles against the 87 from the Aussies is a worry. You cannot tackle your way to wins in every single test.
I hope the honeymoon is over with Malherbe, who struggled again.
Pollard had one of his best test of the year and his goal kicking has been brilliant yet again in this test.
His attacking play is getting back to what we expect from him but one will want to see that he gets the ball more from phase play.
There are to many times that the forwards are the first receiver which slow down the time the backs have to attack from.
Our lineouts has been getting better and better with each test with Etzebeth stealing a few on the night again.
Although Notshe did not play badly we did miss Whiteley in this pack. His leadership and ability to play towards the ball to create space was missed in this test.
Aphiwe Dyantyi was my man of the match even though he got the yellow card for a team warning.
The Lions wing has grown into the test scene and proof in this test he is not just a good finisher and try scorer but can defend like a demon as well.
There is still a few things for the youngster to learn but hell he is a good player and the commitment the winger shown in the test is something special.
He made eight tackles in the test and saved a sure try in the second half. He is also starting to read the play better and with time he will become one of the best in the world.
The Springboks need to approve 120% for next weeks test against the All Blacks on this performance if they want to stand a chance to get a win at Loftus.
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