Richie McCaw blamed a lack of discipline for his side’s 28-19 loss to the Springboks.
The visitors were heavily penalised at the breakdown, and had Ruan Pienaar not had a poor day with the boot (missing four out of five attempts at goal), the margin of defeat could have been more than 20.
‘We played too much rugby from the wrong end of the field and our discipline let us down,’ admitted McCaw. ‘The Boks played at the right end of the field and then got that breakaway try [from Jaque Fourie].’
The All Blacks battled again at the lineouts, with Andrew Hore often failing to find his jumpers and Victor Matfield poaching a couple against the throw. McCaw said it was something they’d have to work on before next weekend’s Test in Durban.
‘I wish we knew [what's going wrong],’ he said. ‘What happens is you lose one or two and then it snowballs from there. But I’m confident we can sort it out.’
Meanwhile, Bok captain John Smit said he was pleased with the win but hoped they’d be more clinical at King’s Park.
‘In order to pay for things, you have to earn the money first, and we tended to score points today after applying the pressure first,’ he said. ‘Hopefully we can convert more pressure into points next week.
‘But it was important for us to get our campaign off to a good start, and I’m happy with the win.’