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Springboks now have more questions to answer after Wallabies loss

Cape Town - In many ways, you have to agree with Kwagga Smith’s comment that the players’ efforts in the Springboks’ 25-17 drubbing against Australia can’t be faulted.

 

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Smith, who replaced No 8 Duane Vermeulen early in the second half, was speaking after the Boks’ disaster of a performance in Adelaide, which saw the continuation of their horror run Down Under, where they haven’t won since 2013.

Smith brought big energy to the hapless Bok side and scored their only two tries in the final five minutes.

“You can’t fault the effort (of the players),” Smith said after the match.

“We had opportunities to get points and will have to make those efforts better. We have to be more effective.

“As a bench-sitter, I’m supposed to make an impact. I have to do what I have to. I try my best, and I also make mistakes.”

There sure were some off individual displays in Adelaide, with flyhalf Handre Pollard leading that charge by a mile, but there were also those who were solid.

Elton Jantjies, in his first outing since the Loftus Versfeld Test against Wales, was decent when he came on for Pollard in the 60th minute, while starters Lood de Jager (lock) and centre Lukhanyo Am were good. Damian Willemse was also constantly trying to spark something in the Boks’ dull display.

Again, while some players were downright shocking, it is a fact that the guys on the field can only be held accountable to a certain extent.

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