The head coach of the Springboks, Jacques Nienaber, pointed to poor discipline as the main factor behind South Africa’s defeat against Australia in their match on the third date of the Rugby Championship Sunday in Gold coast.
South Africa supported three trie in the early stage against just one of the Wallabies at CBUS Super Stadium, but despite this, they failed to stay with the victory and fell 28-26 after Quade Cooper converted a penalty on the last play of the game.
After conceding eleven penalties, seven of which were within Cooper’s reach and he ended up converting them into points, playing for 20 minutes with only 14 players after he Siya Kolisi and Willie le Roux were reprimanded, it was too much for the last world champion and his coach made it known.
“Bad discipline cost us 23 points in favor of the Wallabies”Nienaber said adding: “In the first 20 minutes, we dominated and had control over the game, but we couldn’t sustain it in the last 20 minutes. We did well to come back at the end of the game and then we lost it because we conceded a penalty. That said, Australia played well and they deserved the win. “
On the other hand, the coach expressed: “There were opportunities for us to score two more tries and we didn’t make them. It was not a polished performance. We will take a look at the game and we will have to fix those things and improve our discipline.