Even with the midweek declaration of their desperation and determination to do the right thing, for themselves and their ailing supporters after sinking to an ugly defeat to Argentina in Mendoza, the Springboks continued to look like a ship out at sea with nowhere to go in the dead of night.
From the onset the South Africans never looked to be in control of the game, or trying to wrestle power away from the Wallabies. Instead, they seemed content on treading water and waiting for opportunities to fall into their lap.
While Michael Hooper’s second minute try ignited the Springboks into action which saw them score 15 unanswered points, two tries and penalty, in 26 minutes, for the remainder of this error-riddled encounter it was the visitors who looked clueless at the best of times. They saw little possession or territory, particularly in the second half.
To compound their lack of direction when they did have the ball in that second stanza, the plethora of handling errors, forced and unforced, was akin to the evident low confidence levels within the team – and this inevitably translated to a lack of thought and imagination with ball in hand.