The All Blacks and Wallabies will not be losing too much sleep after the performance dished up by the Springboks against the World XV at Ellis Park.
This is the view of World XV coach Bob Dwyer after his team conceded a dubious late penalty to lose 30-27 in a scrappy friendly international played in front of a sparse crowd.
“The Springboks were not special today,” he told a post-match press conference. “They were OK. I’m sure New Zealand will not be quaking in their boots and the Australians will surely feel they could be in with a better chance this year.
“The only thing exciting about that game waxs the scoreline that remained so close throughout.”
Dwyer was clearly not impressed by one or two of the Boks on display. “I don’t think they can take too much out of this game and they will be getting key players back. For example their two locks will be back and players like [Bryan] Habana will add speed.”
Despite that sentiment, the Boks fiddled and fumbled their way to a flattering three-point win against a team they should have beaten far more comfortably, especially at altitude.
Said captain Justin Marshall: “We tried to have a balance today. We appreciate the difficulties of playing on the Highveld. We kicked alot more than we did against England. Almost a 100% more.
“I thought we came together very well. We strung things together quite well and gave them a hard time.”
By Andrew Hollely, at Ellis Park