Cape Town - Former Springbok captain Jean de Villiers believes South
African Rugby has reached a lower point than last year after the humiliating
57-0 drubbing at the hands of the All Blacks in Albany on Saturday.
Much was made of a Springbok resurgence after five wins in a
row and a draw against the Wallabies last weekend. This, after their 2016 annus
But all of that came crashing down to earth as they lost to
the All Blacks by the biggest margin in their history. Just when people thought
it couldn't get any worse than 2016, it did.
“We all thought last year losing to New Zealand by 42 points
was a low point and we didn’t think it could get worse. It did today. It is
very difficult to find something positive to say about this game,” De Villiers
“We need to be honest with ourselves, we got outplayed in
every single department of this game and were beaten by a much better team.”
Meanwhile, former coach Nick Mallett almost felt sorry for
the Boks, who were completely out of their depth against the World Champions.
“Criticising this Bok team is like clubbing a baby seal. The
poor guys are defenceless,” Mallett said. “The scrums were a shambles in the
second half, the lineouts didn’t go well in the first half. The replacements
didn’t make an impact. The scramble defence was nowhere. The first-up defence
got worse and worse as the game progressed.
“There isn’t enough leadership in this team at the moment
and certainly not enough skills. Not one Springbok would make the All Blacks
The Boks will need to regroup for their next fixture, a home
clash in Bloemfontein against Australia on September 30.