Cape Town - It wasn’t Dan Carter who stood in the way of the Springboks and history, it was French referee Romain Poite, and thanks to him the South Africans face the prospect of having to make a four try bonus point win over Australia in their next match a non-negotiable.
The South Africans weren’t as strong at the collisions as they had been the previous week against Australia and some poor mistakes led to the first try to the All Blacks early in the game. Bryan Habana’s misdirected field kick led directly to the Ma’a Nonu kick into the corner which Willie le Roux for some inexplicable reason carried into touch. You don’t give the All Blacks field position and expect to get away with it and rule No 1 about playing that team is surely that your field kicking always has to be executed with pinpoint accuracy. Nothing kicks are punished, as Habana’s was.
You need to be able to scrum against the Springboks to be able to compete with them, and two weeks really isn’t enough time for McKenzie, himself a former Wallaby front-ranker, to sort out the problems there. And after the disappointment of Eden Park, the Boks will be up for it, keenly so - you can have no doubt about that.