The Springboks again created so much but delivered nothing yet again with another draw against Australia in Bloemfontein on Saturday.
There are just too many players with bad habits in this team costing them when they do create chances. A 27 draw is not a good result and we have more questions than answers.
Only a great win would be required from the passionate supporters of Springbok rugby to try and forget the loss against the All Blacks.
The Springboks started test with intend to run the ball and play in the Aussies half. They created plenty of opportunities in the first half but were unable to take the points.
Dominating play, they conceded the first try when the Aussies scored from a scrum to lead 7-0.
There were enough good things done by the Springboks to have more points on the board but it almost felt that they were rushing everything they do.
With attack, there must be structure but that was lacking for the Boks in the first half.
They did get on the board after some good play from the forwards sending Dreyer over for their first try.
That made the score 7-all and all to play for. The Aussies took the lead with a penalty but was cancelled by Jantjies penalty to level it again at 10-all.
Before halftime the Aussies got another penalty over to take the lead again 13-10 which was also the halftime score.
Israel Folau was lucky to stayed on the field after tackling Leyds on his hair and throw him to the ground.
Etzebeth also luck not to be send off the field for coming in after the Leyds tackle was warned by the referee.
Allot of feeling in the test and everything was still to play for with forty minutes to go.
The second half did not improve in creativity nor the general decision making of the Springboks nor Australians.
There have been some poor performances yet again from Jesse Kriel, Jantjies and Coetzee.
It was Marika Koroibete who scored the first try in the second half for the Aussies as they start to look to take the game away from South Africa.
It took a forward in Kolisi to show the Springboks backs how to run straight as he sends Serfontein over.
It looked like the Springboks would start to dominate but they kept on making mistakes, giving away penalties not enough support on the ball carrier and really poor decision making from the backs.
With the Aussies leading 27-24 a penalty from Jantjies levelled the score again which made for a frantic last 7 minutes.
Jantjies had a last-minute chance to kick for victory but missed and they ended in a draw yet again.
Next week does not look good for this Springbok team.
Tries – Dreyer, Serfontein, Skosan
Penalties – Jantjies(2)
Cons – Jantjies(3)
Tries – Israel Folau, Marika Koroibete(2)
Penalties – Bernard Foley(2)
Cons – Bernard Foley(3)