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Sportal.co.nz     21 Jul 2008     Getty Images

Winger Bryan Habana' was blaming himself for the loss.

Habana had the Springboks' best chance to score a try when he appeared to be in out wide, but he was tackled by Ryan Cross when in mid-air and the ball came loose.

"For the standard I set myself I feel I let the team down in that situation. I should have finished off better having played a lot of rugby and at the highest level for so long," Habana said.

"For the pressure I put on myself to make a difference and a huge contribution to this team, I let myself and the rest of the team down.


"Credit to Ryan Cross, but at the end of the day as a team we pride ourselves on execution and I wasn't able to execute. We didn't execute and that cost us the game more than the Wallabies beating us."

Coach Peter de Villiers was disappointed after the loss and while he felt the Australians played well, there were other areas of the game he was unhappy with.

"It hurts a lot. We are South Africans, we're not losers and we didn't foresee this. We expected to have a better contest than we gave and I believe that we controlled a lot of the game, but they outstripped us on the ground," de Villiers said.

"There are a lot of things that went wrong that we can't discuss or I'll get myself in trouble again, but we will put something together and address it in the right places. It's always frustrating when there's inconsistency, but we just have to live with it."

"Full credit to the Aussies, they deserved the win, though."

Despite having the next three Tri Nations matches in South Africa, de Villiers isn't satisfied with the one win and bonus point from three Tests abroad.

"We aren't very satisfied as a team," he said.

"We wanted to try to win all our games here and we gave it our best shot but didn't do what we came to do. Then again, we have the bonus of going back home now and we can build from here."

Captain Victor Matfield was disappointed by the referee's rulings on the lineouts, but didn't want to make excuses for the loss.

"The intensity definitely wasn't up to what it was last week, but we still created three or four chances in the first half. If we took those then we probably would have had the boost we wanted, but we didn't and the game got away from us," Matfield said.

"I had a chat to the referee before the game asking him to control that area. At half time I went to him again and he said he was sorry for one or two that he missed and luckily he picked one up in the second to give us the penalty."