At the end of the day Morne Steyn boot secure a second win for the Springboks in this year’s Rugby Championship when they beat Australia 18-10 at Loftus on Saturday.
It was far from a perfect performance with Springboks not closer in really able to challenge the likes of England or New Zealand.
I am sure we will all rather take a win than another lost but one needs to be honest and see that this team is still far from a complete product.
The Australians came out running at the Springboks and tested the Springbok defense, which was much better than what we have seen this year.
The Springboks tried to play an attacking game at times and they looked good with ball in hand but handling let them down again at crucial stages of the test.
Injuries was a major concern throughout the match starting with Jesse Kriel going off with a hamstring problem and Mapoe coming on for him.
This was not the end of the injury worries for Coetzee as Habana also went off in the second half with a leg injury which saw Willie Le Roux coming on.
With both the back players om the bench o the field, Rudy Paige got a hit to the head and had to go off which saw Hougaard coming on at nine and Jaco Kriel moving to the wing.
Willem Alberts took Kriel position at the side of the scrum which had the backline in all sorts of problems.
This prevented the Springboks from playing any attacking game in the last part of the second half and left them defusing against a desperate Aussie team.
It was Morne Steyn that opened the scoring for the Springboks with a penalty to take and early 3-0 lead in the test.
This was short lived with the Aussies quickly counter with a penalty of their own.
Australia got enough going forward ball which they used to put the Springboks under pressure and scored the only try of the match in the first half.
This gave them a 10-3 lead with the Springboks having to play catch up rugby yet again.
It was Morne Steyn boot that kept the Springboks in the match and they went 12-10 in the lead at halftime.
Francois Louw put one of his best performance on the night and were brilliant on the ground for the Springboks.
Captain Strauss also played his best game since taking the captain’s armband and led the team from the front.
As normal the Aussies never gave up and were running at the Springboks throughout leaving the Boks only to defend and playing the whole game in their own half.
One of the positives for the Springboks was their scrums and they dominated most of them during the test getting a few penalties from the scrums as well.
The Springboks good defense kept the Aussies out and forced a lot of handling errors from the Aussies and turnover ball for the Springboks.
With the defense holding the Aussies out and the boot of Morne Steyn they were able to hold on to a much needed 18-10 win at the end.
Going into the All Blacks test next week there will still be more questions than answers. The interesting thing will be what team Coetzee will pick for the world champions next week in Durban.
The biggest concern for Coetzee still remains his backline with the current players not looking like game breakers and depends on the forwards too much to win test matches.
At the end everyone wants to see the Springboks win test matches and they did just that but it was against a very young and poor Aussie team.
For South Africa:
Pens: Steyn 4
Drop Goals: Steyn 2
Yellow Card: Folau