“Terrible” Springboks continue to learn - Erasmus
June 23, 2018
The Springboks have the potential to win the Rugby World Cup, agreed the coaches of South Africa and England, despite a “terrible” performance in a 25-10 defeat in the third and final test of the Castle Lager Incoming Series at a sodden DHL Newlands in Cape Town on Saturday.

South Africa won the series 2-1, but Rassie Erasmus, SA Rugby’s Director of Rugby, was a disappointed man after the reverse.

“We were terrible today, in my opinion,” said Erasmus.

“We did learn a lot today, we knew we took a gamble and we looked at combinations but the things we got wrong had nothing to do with combinations, they were things that we could control such as discipline and breakdown play.

“We spoke about the breakdown before the game – we spoke about it five minutes before we went out because we know how Glen Jackson [the referee] blows the breakdown; he likes a nice clean breakdown – it was not a surprise to us.”

Springbok captain Siya Kolisi added: “The referee did a great job, we just made a lot of mistakes. There were things we were in control of that we got wrong. There were no signs at training; we worked really hard.”

Erasmus added: “Sad to say, we didn’t get up for this game. I will have to look at myself and how we prepared – maybe I made mistakes but we’ll have to analyse how the different players reacted to playing a different game in a different competition.”

However, Erasmus was upbeat about South Africa’s potential: “I really think we can win the World Cup. If we can get it right quickly then we are definitely in with a chance – but we have to manage our talent.

“There’s a lot of things we have to balance so that we have fresh, experienced team with a lot of talent when we go to the World Cup.”

England coach Eddie Jones said: “The big difference between the Boks now and six months ago is that they work much harder off the ball; they’ve got a strong maul and when the opportunity arises, they have the ability to move the ball wide and in Willie le Roux they have someone who makes really good decisions.

“South Africa has got some bloody young players and incredible depth. They have made some really good gains over the past few weeks and they will continue to get stronger.

“The South African side is revitalised; they are well coached, well balanced and played some good rugby. In the first two games they were too good for us and deserved to win the series, but they were small margins in the series.” Springboks have the potential to win the Rugby World Cup, agreed the coaches of South Africa and England

South Africa are next in action against Argentina in Durban in the Castle Lager Rugby Championship on 19 August, 2018.

The Castle Lager Rugby Championship
Saturday, July 20 2019
17:05 - South Africa vs Australia
Emirates Airline Park, Johannesburg
Saturday, July 27 2019
09:35 - New Zealand vs South Africa
Westpac Stadium, Wellington
Saturday, August 10 2019
00:00 - Argentina vs South Africa
Castle Lager Incoming Series
Saturday, August 17 2019
17:05 - South Africa vs Argentina
Loftus Versfeld, Pretoria
RWC Warm-up game
Friday, September 06 2019
00:00 - Japan vs South Africa
Kumagaya Rugby Stadium, Saitama
Rugby World Cup
Saturday, September 21 2019
11:45 - South Africa vs New Zealand
International Stadium, Yokohama
Saturday, September 28 2019
11:45 - South Africa vs Namibia
City of Toyota Stadium
Friday, October 04 2019
11:45 - South Africa vs Italy
Shizuoka Stadium
Tuesday, October 08 2019
12:15 - South Africa vs Canada
Kobe Misaki Stadium

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