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Rassie Erasmus is not entirely happy with his Springboks

By Ian Cameron
Rassie Erasmus - PA

Springbok coach Rassie Erasmus wasn’t entirely happy with his Springboks despite their win against Wales at Twickenham on Saturday.

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A strong second-half performance saw them overcome a narrow 14-13 halftime lead to secure a 41-13 victory.

Both teams had opportunities to score more points but were held back by strong defense and crucial errors.

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Rassie Erasmus explains the way forward

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Rassie Erasmus explains the way forward

The Springboks now go into the Castle Lager Incoming Series which kicks off in two weeks against Ireland and Portugal.

“It wasn’t a perfect performance,” said Erasmus. “We made a few errors and there were things that didn’t click, but there were others that did, so it was a good start.

“We have new coaches and had a few players making their debuts, so there were areas of the game that were not as good as we would have liked it to be, but there was certainly no lack of effort and intensity, and we realise it will take time for things together nicely.

“The important thing is that we achieved our goal and the players who made their debuts showed that they are capable at playing at this level.”

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“It was a tough match as it always is against Wales. I thought our scrums went well, but we didn’t dominate the collisions. We also conceded a try, but we scored five and we could have scored a more, but those are things we need to work on going forward.”

Erasmus added: “It was a beneficial game for us because some players were not eligible for selection and a guy like Jasper Wiese is still out (on suspension), while some of the Japanese players haven’t played in a while. But the young guys stepped up to the plate and played really well.”

Erasmus said the medical team would assess any injuries before flying to South Africa on Sunday night. They will also consider injuries in the Vodacom Bulls camp following their Vodacom United Rugby Championship final against Glasgow Warriors before finalizing their squad. The Springboks will arrive in South Africa on Monday.

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John 17 days ago

was at the game. Boks seemed really out of sync on offense but its to be expected

Ppl just looked rusty

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Justin 20 days ago

And Rassie has a new bff. Tony Brown

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