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Australia, already with a big injury toll including three captains - James Horwill, David Pocock and Will Genia - watched in dismay as they struggled to have a fully fit team on the park, finishing the contest with just 14 men.
With uncontested scrums, the Wallabies had used all of their subs with just eight minutes to play, with the bench resembling a casualty ward by the close.
Berrick Barnes (chest), Adam Ashley-Cooper (head), Digby Ioane (knee), Radike Samo (shoulder) and Tatafu Polota Nau (shoulder) all finished on the bench and will carry injury clouds into their final contest of The Investec Rugby Championship against the Pumas.
Deans said he had never seen such injuries on a rugby field before.
"No doubt about that," he said.
"I have never seen anything like that in terms of carnage. We were down to 13 men at one point and not being able to make that last replacement put us under the pump."
The Wallabies and Deans would now look to flying in some reinforcements, although being overseas didn't help the ease in which new faces would integrate with the side.
"We must regroup to get across to Argentina," he said.
"At first glance it looks like we will need some repairs and that in itself will prove challenging, as it involves visas (etc)."
"Which means we may not be able to get them (replacement players) till late in the week."
While captain Nathan Sharpe said the injuries didn't help, he said that the Springboks were the better team.
"We lost a few out there tonight," he said.
"Credit to the Boks, they played well in the middle 40, the 20 before half-time and the 20 after half-time. From there we just gave them too many points."