Springbok coach Jake White admitted the team’s performance in the opening match of the season was well below par.
“To be fair of course I’m not happy. To say we played well would be fibbing,” White confessed at the post-match press conference. “We missed our experienced players.
“The biggest disappointment was we never got going. The guys did look a little dead in the legs. We also struggled up front and the experience we left out in the tight five definitely impacted,” said White, who maintained his 100% win record as Bok coach on home soil.
The coach admitted there were several areas to work on ahead of the first Test against Scotland in Durban next weekend. He was expecting to have Schalk Burger, Jan Smith, Os du Randt and John Smit back in the mix.
But lock Victor Matfield would probably not be considered. “Victor is not in the mix right now, but Albert van den Berg hurt his shoulder so we will have to see.”
The Boks fly to Durban on Sunday were they prepare to take on the Scots in the first Test of two-Test series. They have had one game to shake off their rustiness and another performance like this against a Scottish team with a good Six Nations campaign behind them could spell disaster.
“A win is a win and that is what it is all about I suppose. If we had played really well and lost I would have felt worse,” White added.
By Andrew Hollely, at Ellis Park