South Africa's Mtawarira to miss New Zealand test for "family reasons"

South Africa's Mtawarira to miss New Zealand test for

Witnessing this incredible clash in Cape Town, it was hard to believe that the All Blacks had thrashed the Springboks by a record score of 57-0 in the home leg.

"I feel very sorry for the players because they left everything out there".

They twice held the lead in the second half only to be pegged back by the world champions, with a converted try from Malcolm Marx in the closing stages leaving South Africa agonisingly short at the final whistle.

The performance had many observers wondering why the Springboks have not played that way in their earlier matches this year.

"I'd say that affected the tackle count too because we made a hell of a lot of them so I'm not sure why we didn't kick it out, but we'll talk about that come another day".

"We knew it was just a blip in New Zealand and we knew we must just keep persevering". We are heading in the right direction.

"While it's necessary for us to try and anticipate what they're going to bring to the match, it's more important for us to focus on what we're going to bring to the encounter". "But working for the mate next to you; that is something you can not coach and that makes me so proud to see how they play for each other".

The next challenge is finding consistency and matching this type of ferociously focused performance every time they take to the field. We understand what we do when we do it.

"They managed to get on top of New Zealand's big boys, and the big thing was the way they played with ball in hand".

"Saturday is another huge opportunity for us to continue to grow as a team and build on our cohesion".

Crotty scored in the first half following a charge down, Ioane's breakaway intercept try came against the run of play, and McKenzie's score near the end was the result of a brilliant break from deep.

'You get greater pleasure when you see people performing under pressure. That is what we are looking for.