They lost a game they should’ve won – that was the gist of the message from captain Siya Kolisi immediately after the game as the Springboks went down 12-11 to England at Twickenham on Saturday.
Rassie Erasmus’ team missed chance after chance to put the English away, with Malcolm Marx one of the chief culprits as he overthrew three prime attacking lineouts, while Handré Pollard missed a late penalty that clipped the upright.
Of course, Australian referee Angus Gardner’s controversial decision not to award a penalty for an obvious shoulder charge by Owen Farrell on André Esterhuizen cost the Boks victory.
But when asked by Sky Sports in the post-match interview if the Boks should’ve received a penalty, Kolisi opted to rather focus on his own team’s shortcomings.
“We made it really tough for ourselves. I think we didn’t capitalise on our opportunities when we had them, especially when we got to the 22,” Kolisi said.