ON the field or off it Naas Botha always called a spade a shovel. So it was no surprise when he asked his halftime TV audience with England leading 20-9 against the Springboks at a sell-out Twickenham last weekend: “What the hell’s going on here?”He might well have asked. The Springboks at Twickenham, in the second match of their end-of-season tour, looked almost dizzy. Already the writing was on the wall. It said: “This is a game you can’t win. For a start you’ve had almost no meaningful possession.” To win rugby Tests you must have possession. Two Pat Lambie penalties and a simple drop-goal simply weren’t enough of a foundation on which to build a winning performance. And so it proved.One of the weekend newspapers headlined their coverage in heavy capitals: BOKS STILL CLUELESS. As the piece suggested there was no game plan and precious little meaningful defence from the Boks. By the final whistle England’s 37-21 victory was somewhat kind to the visitors, one felt, with coach Eddie Jones’s team content to relax somewhat and allow the Boks to score twice through Johan Goosen and Willie le Roux, with a conversion by Ruan Combrinck, Lambie having been substituted midway through the half.It’s a rough-tough game is rugby football at this level. It may sound harsh but number one priority at this stage could well be the sacking of coach Allister Coetzee – unless at the very least the Boks can dish out truly convincing hidings of their remaining tour opponents, Italy and Wales.In the greater picture of things both these sides should be little better than “B” division opposition.Effective defence, first and foremost, was one of the Boks’ most grievous shortcomings. It was sticking out a mile: the Boks seemed never able to match up man-for-man defence against their more innovative opponents. Constantly, it seemed, the Boks’ defence appeared to be a man short and this unable to counter attacking thrusts from the England team. This was just one of the visitors’ deficiencies. From the team’s selection it seemed coach Coetzee had fallen into the old South African delusion that if a player is big enough he must surely be good enough. Willem Alberts and Pieter-Steph du Toit, fine players in their own right, should never have been used in this manner.Things weren’t helped when Eben Etzebeth was knocked back by England express train, Billy Vanipola, with such force that it brought this usually fine player’s game to an abrupt halt. It’s sad to go on about the Bok deficiencies, but in all honesty one must.Lambie, a flyhalf with the flair of a modern day Keith Oxlee about him, wasn’t at his best. He needs the sort of smoothly functioning power at forward ahead of him that Oxlee used to enjoy.Enough. Thank heaven at the moment the Boks don’t have to think of opposing the might of the All Blacks. Did you see what they did to Italy in Rome? Would you believe – 68-10! Ah well, to end on a happier note: if our rugby isn’t so great, the Proteas with youngsters like pint-sized Temba Bavuma with the bat and Kagiso Rabada and spinner Keshav Maharaj with the ball are doing SA cricket really proud as they continue to take the pride of Aussie cricket apart.