The Springboks continue to believe they are nowhere near the ceiling of their potential.
Scrumhalf Fourie du Preez produced another performance indicative of his class as the Boks eased to a 32-25 win. Although Wallabies coach Robbie Deans may have thought Du Preez wasn’t on his best form in Perth, the Bok No 9 also acknowledged the side could raise their game further after the bonus point win.
‘You can never get to the top and then say you can’t do better,’ said Du Preez. ‘And I don’t think we’re at the top yet, there’s still a lot to come from this team. We have a few areas to work on and improve and this team is young enough to go further on. I always believe there is room for improvement and that’s why you go on.’
Despite the belief of many pundits, the Boks adopted a similar approach as their previous three home fixtures which has seen them labeled as a ‘boring’ side. However, Du Preez acknowledged they didn’t stray from the blueprint, as they mostly attacked from within opposition territory.
‘We used exactly the same tactics as before, it’s just we had more opportunities to run the ball tonight. To get five points in Australia is just great,’ he said.
Fourie was the Boks’ opening try-scorer and was also an influential figure in both of Bryan Habana’s scores, but noted the Boks would have a completely different task at the Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane, where they would have an enormous psychological blow to overturn.
‘The last time we were in Brisbane we lost 49-0 [in 2006] and it’s not an easy place to play in. So it will be great to win the title in Brisbane. We just need to keep the momentum we created in the first three matches at home going and get a bit better next week.’
Wallabies coach Deans believes Du Preez will get even better – a sobering thought.
‘Fourie du Preez’s one of those blokes who is always consistent, always asking questions of you and he’s normally pretty accurate,’ said Deans. ‘But I don’t think he was as dominant in this match as he has been before.’