Discipline was Boks biggest downfall: Erasmus

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Springboks coach Rassie Erasmus believes that New Zealand deservedly won their 2019 Rugby World Cup opening clash  against South Africa.

The All Blacks landed their first devastating blow of the campaign with a clinical 23-13 victory over the most in form side in Japan by feeding off their mistakes. Erasmus says discipline was their biggest downfall on the day.


The Springboks will now have to do things the hard way, possibly finishing second in Pool B, they are likely to face top finishers in Pool A.

Erasmus says he believes his side will fight back in the competition to ensure a play-off spot pot. He adds that he was impressed by the fightback they showed in the second half of the game.

Springbok captain Siya Kolisi echoed coach Erasmus’ words, complementing New Zealand for out-performing them on the day.



Both New Zealand tries were balls picked up from Springboks knock-on’s as the All Blacks showed their predatory prowess.

Erasmus emphasises that they cannot afford to be caught off guard when playing with a side the caliber of New Zealand. He reminded everyone of the importance of not looking too far ahead with games against Namibia and Italy also coming up. He adds that they are looking forward to prospect of competing in the knockout stages.

Erasmus also highlights that the world No.4 Springboks are not yet in any position to compete pound-for-pound with the All Blacks at this stage.


– Report by Thando Gqamane