Willem Alberts (Gallo Images)
Cape Town - Springbok loose forward Willem Alberts believes they did a lot of things right against the All Blacks and will be looking to build on that when they face Argentina on Friday.
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The Boks’ World Cup dream ended when they lost 20-18 to the All Blacks in the semi-finals at Twickenham last Saturday.
But they have one more match left this Friday - against Argentina in the Bronze Final at London’s Olympic Park.
The scoreline may reflect a tight encounter against the All Blacks, but it was a match New Zealand dominated statistically.
The Kiwis dominated territory (67%) and possession (57%) and according to statistics derived from World Rugby’s official website, were superior in all facets of play.
However, Albert’s feels the Boks can take a lot from the defeat against the All Blacks into Friday’s game against Los Pumas.
“I do think if you look at our last game, we didn’t play bad. It was quite a rugby spectacle,” Alberts said at a press conference in Guildford, southwest of London, on Tuesday.
“If we can take the good things out of that game and continue into the next one, then we’ll be ready for another great rugby match.”
Alberts also promised Bok fans that they’ll be up for it in the fight for third place against Argentina.
“It’s obviously massively disappointing not going all the way this World Cup. That was everybody’s dream,” he said.
“We wanted to win it to make the nation proud. But we’ve got one more chance this year to pull the Springbok jersey over our heads. All we can do is just to go out there and do our best and show that we’re still champions even though we didn’t win the World Cup.”