Mallett’s Wallaby warning

Nick Mallett believes it will be tough for the Boks to follow up their All Black victory with one against the Wallabies at Ellis Park.

Reflecting on the shock 21-20 win in Rustenburg, the former Bok coach said the Wallabies would pose as great a challenge.

“There were quite a few players who looked tired and it will take a massive effort to recover,” wrote Mallett in the Sunday Times. “A lot of rest is the order of the day before we play an Australian side that will have had three weeks’ rest. It will be tough.”

While Mallett was pleased with Saturday’s turnaround he urged the Boks not to get carried away.

“We must be realistic: it was a below-par performance by the All Blacks In the first half it was as if they were playing touch rugby. They were casual and their line-outs were a shambles.

“It was a tired performance by the All Blacks and a spirited performance by a team that’s been under the cosh. I doubt anyone will come away with the belief that we’re suddenly better than the All Blacks. Everyone will just be grateful that when they have an off day, we can turn it on and win. But we shouldn’t be under any illusions — this has been a disappointing campaign.”

However, Mallett said there were several positives Jake White could take from the victory.

“The Boks’ willingness to vary the play was most encouraging. We didn’t just drive the line-outs. We played some off the top, we played through the backs a lot and in the second half we constructed a good try.

“The other encouraging aspects were that our line-out work was good and we utilised the ball better.

“Pierre Spies had a fine game and made his presence felt. He also had a good turnover with Ruan Pienaar at the end.

“André Pretorius was also impressive. He varied his game and kicked well, alternating some kicks with good passing and taking the ball to the line and creating space. In the second half Wynand Olivier and the backs managed to get on the front foot and were incisive.”