Mallett: Schoolboy errors from Boks

2014-12-01 07:10
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Cape Town - Former Springbok coach Nick Mallett says the standard of rugby in the Wales v Springboks Test last Saturday was very low.

As it happened: Wales v Springboks

Wales beat the Boks 12-6 to record only their second victory in history over South Africa.

Speaking in the SuperSport studio afterwards, Mallett said:

"This was a very, very poor game of rugby. I don't think Wales were good, I don't think South Africa were good. There were so many mistakes by both teams. I have a list here... Pat Lambie's knock-on when he looked up and he had a perfect opportunity to catch the ball and kick it into the corner... Willie le Roux's two knock-ons at the end of the game were absolutely crucial... Handré Pollard has a chance to kick (a penalty) into the corner and not only does he miss the kick but the Welsh guy (Scott Williams) is so stupid that he tries to keep the ball in play (inside the deadball area) instead of allowing it to go dead... Francois Hougaard takes a quick penalty tap and bangs it straight out (on the full). I mean these are stupid schoolboy errors. There were no tries and it was a terribly depressing game. Give Wales credit - they beat a very poor, tired Springbok side - but I don't think they are going to be a threat at the World Cup either."

Mallett also questioned whether wing Cornal Hendricks should have received a yellow card after he contested for a high ball with Welsh fullback Leigh Halfpenny.

"I'm not absolutely certain that was a good decision (by Irish referee John Lacey). Both players were going up for the ball, but the attacking player going for the ball has to think about the receiving player, and apparently his safety is more important."

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