Springboks have to pick themselves up quickly

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Lynn McConnell     17 Sep 2017     Getty Images

Springboks coach Allister Coetzee said the All Blacks had been superb.

"That's why they're the world's No.1 team at the moment. I think we had a good plan, we had great preparation. The first 20 minutes, I wouldn't say it was like a horror movie, but we played our best rugby. Honestly, with ball in hand we felt like we were on top, we dominated collisions and then one pass goes astray and you're under the poles.
"We had numbers from the cross-kicks and we worked on that, bounce of the ball perfect, and they scored.

"Tap kick, perfect grubber in behind us, brilliant timing, ball bounced perfectly another try. Then you're 24 points behind.

"They're a quality side. I'm obviously very disappointed, the players are hurting and that's definitely not through lack of effort. I'm pleased we kept fighting, passages of great defence, passages of great attack but we couldn't break them. They were just too good," he said.

The side had to bounce back - they had no option. They meet Australia next and he promised they would be stronger.

There were positives to be taken from the game, but there was still improvement to be had in all areas. However, All Blacks captain Kieran Read told them after the game New Zealand felt they had been in a Test match.

Captain and lock Eben Etzebeth said it was tough but they had to pick their heads up and be ready for their two home games against Australia and New Zealand.

"It's going to be very hard but I trust in the guys, I trust in the management and I know these guys can bounce back," he said.

Their set-piece had been successful earlier in the season but the All Blacks had applied a lot of pressure.

Coetzee said the All Blacks scrum had been criticised but the players who stepped in had done really well and the Springboks were off colour in their set-piece and that was one area they would have to get right.

He added that he thought the All Blacks had made great decisions at the lineouts and had put South Africa under pressure.