CAPE TOWN – Following their 16-draw against the All Blacks at the weekend, Rassie Erasmus admitted that the Springboks were “nervous” about Richie Mo’unga’s start at 10 and Beauden Barrett’s increased space at fullback.
Ahead of the much-anticipated Test at Wellington, All Blacks coach Steve Hansen proved how keen he is to experiment ahead of the World Cup with those two selections.
Until Saturday, Mo’unga had started in only two Tests, neither one against South Africa.
Said Erasmus: “We were nervous about Richie playing at 10 and Beauden getting more space at 15, also about Sonny Bill Williams and that offloading game.”
Erasmus also said he was frustrated that his team did not make use of the possession and territory they had in the opening half.