Knuckles gives Boks a fistful

Australia coach John Connolly has warned that the Springboks could be on the end of another loss if they don’t improve by next Saturday.

The Springboks conclude what has been a diabolical Vodacom Tri-Nations campaign against the Wallabies in Ellis Park in a fortnight and the irrepressible Conolly has never been one to miss an opportunity to land a psychological blow.

He warned the Springboks to “tighten up” their game, impliying the Wallaby backline could make them pay for lapses in concentration.

The New Zealanders punished the hosts’ handling and tactical kicking errors on the counterattack at Loftus and the dangerous Australian backline have the potential to give the South Africans a serious case of déjá vu.

Connolly though did highlight some positives for the embattled Boks.

“I think we saw on the weekend they [the Springboks] played a bit more rugby at times and looked dangerous,” he told The Australian.

“What they have got is a massive forward pack and good lineout. If they tighten their game up, they will be a real handful this weekend [against the All Blacks] and next week at Ellis Park.”