Cape Town - Springbok captain Jean de Villiers, who played his 100th Test for South Africa, said mistakes by the visitors were costly in their 14-10 loss to the All Blacks in Wellington on Saturday.
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“The disappointment (over the result) overshadows the achievement (of 100 Tests),” said De Villiers.
“We got so close and it could’ve gone our way but didn’t. It’s a tough one to swallow; a loss against a quality side. We gave ourselves a chance but it was not good enough at the end.
“We believe we can beat them, but it’s much easier said than done and we need to sharpen up on a couple of things.
“There were probably too many mistakes off first phase. I thought our first phase play was good, but we then lost a lot of possession after the initial attack. It’s not a massive concern though and we’re backing our systems and improving as a team.”
The Springboks will enjoy a week-long break before getting together again in Cape Town next Sunday evening.
They face Australia at Newlands on Saturday, September 27 and New Zealand on Saturday, October 4 at Ellis Park in Johannesburg.