Boks blame themselves – not the ref

The Springboks leadership said they would look at their own performance and not that of the referee after losing against the All Blacks.

Neither coach Heyneke Meyer nor captain Jean de Villiers used the red carding of hooker Bismarck du Plessis in the 43rd minute for defeat.

De Villiers said his team’s defence in the first 30 minutes had not been good enough and that the Boks were still some way off the All Blacks.

Meyer said it was irrelevant to the discussion on whether or not the referee had made the right call.

He added that in the game the referee is always right because his decision still stands. It can’t change the result.

Both backed Du Plessis’s physicality in the tackle.

All Blacks coach Steve Hansen said it was a ferocious Test match with the expected physicality and said New Zealanders should be proud of the effort of their young side.

He agreed that Du Plessis’s tackle on Carter did not warrant a yellow card but felt the second yellow card was warranted because it was illegal for a player to lead with the elbow.