Springbok captain Eben Etzebeth complimented the players and coaches for their efforts against the All Blacks last weekend.
Despite the 25-24 defeat to the All Blacks in Cape Town, the Springboks delivered an outstanding performance which earned the respect of the South African rugby fraternity.
It was a big improvement on the disappointing performance against New Zealand in Albany three weeks ago, which saw the team fall to a 57-0 loss.
“Thanks must go to the coaches, who put us in a great position to win the test match,” Etzebeth told MyPlayers. “The players were outstanding on the field too.
“I have mixed emotions… the effort and intent was definitely there. I’m just disappointed about the result.”
Etzebeth added that the game gives the team more confidence looking ahead to the November Tests.
“We knew the result in Albany against the All Blacks did not define us as a team. We continued to work hard and rebuild after that result and I think our performance against the No 1 side in the world at Newlands showed our potential. We didn’t have to change anything as we believe in the structures we’re establishing,” said Etzebeth.
“We fell two points short of victory, but we will build on the positives as we prepare for the tour to Europe.”
The Springboks will enjoy a one-week break before regrouping for training at the Stellenbosch Academy of Sport.
The Springboks will face Ireland, France, Italy and Wales during their end-of-year tour.
By Gareth Duncan