Well, that was an interesting post-match interview with All Blacks under-fire manager Ian Foster.
“In many ways, it was probably our best performance of the year,” Foster said.
“It was a game dominated by defense and a few high ball errors. The timing was a fraction of their line speed.”
Foster was very grumpy about how the Springboks contested the high kicks and indicates the All Blacks will take their concerns to the officials.
The same teams meet at Ellis Park next weekend and Foster’s job hangs in the balance.
“There’s enough to show we’re headed in the right direction,” Foster said.
“It’s big test matches and it hurts to let him down. Obviously there’s a lot of pressure around the team at the moment and everyone is feeling that. It’s not easy, for be honest.”
Meanwhile, inspirational Springbok captain Siya Kolisi praised the Mbombela crowd for their impact.
“Hopefully we play like that uplifts people,” Kolisi said.
“For many countries rugby is just a game – for us it’s much more than that.”
Kolisi adds that he still has huge respect for the struggling All Blacks.
“I don’t care what people say, I know this team is strong.”