This was another very poor defensive performance....so my number one lesson is you can't win big games if you miss 29% of your tackles....and if your defensive alignment has as many holes as a Swiss cheese. Our defence has gone backwards alarmingly in the last few years.
Secondly the Bools kick and chase game is woeful...because there is no chase. Speckman is too small and Hendricks has no stomach for the high ball.
Thirdly the vaunted Bools scrum was bested....after they were out thought by the use of quick first channel ball. A standard AB tactic against the Boks, but something that apparently never occurred to the coach.
Fourthly another NZ team has ripped us apart by using quick lineouts. I see our players loping up to the lineout which is then taken quickly by the Saders, picking up easy chunks of field. Obviously the coach never warned them about the tactic.
So lets go to the players. This was a useful lesson. Forget Van Staden, Gqoboka, Brits.....the narrative around them imploded today.
Also forget Papier......horrible decision making and absolutely monstered for a Saders try. His few snipes never offset all that.
And frankly while Pollard's goal kicking remains metronomic....his general play is going backwards, especially his defence. He tends to be too aggressive in his defensive lines and has now been stepped by Beale and Mo'unga in successive weeks.
RG Snyman had a less satisfactory outing against the Saders....he was dummied in Stephanie/Youngs fashion by Mo'unga and missed 4 other tackles. Still he made the most Bools tackles and the tackle Dumb Joel went on about...from behind on Reece, wasn't a tackle locks make. Besides which the Ref was in his natural tackling line. He was money in the lineouts and offloaded well again.
And Vermeulen was massive again for 80 minutes.....clearly the dominant player on the deck with at least 5 turnovers and he also ruled the back of the lineout.
These are things I have spoken about before, but it's rare to see such a clear example of poor tactics , skills and player shortfalls in one match. Embarrassing.