Fans point out Bok flaws

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Heyneke Meyer (Gallo Images)
Heyneke Meyer (Gallo Images)
Cape Town - Sport24 readers have tried to make sense of what went wrong with the Springboks in their 14-14 draw against England in the third Test in Port Elizabeth - and have offered coach Heyneke Meyer their views on how to improve.

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Here is what Sport24 readers had to say about where the Boks went wrong:

"The PE crowd didn't help. Booing your own kind is just stupid." - Azurite

"The 9 and 10 bulls combination is so poor. Time to look for a new combination HM." -
Andre Ernstzen

"A terrible performance by our forwards." -
Maarten Slabbert

"If you want to point fingers, point it at the forwards, who were unable to get over the advantage line." -
Jack de Wet

"There was no fire in the tummies! The Bokke seemed to be going through the motions without any vigor." -
Priester

"The stats shows we had barely had 50% success in penalties for this series. HM wake UP..." -
Lean

"[Some of the Boks] are burnt out physically and mentally and need a decent rest period to get on track again." -
Marius Olivier

"Heyneke has learnt his lesson. If it's gonna be Blou Bulle bo alles, then SA rugby will get nowhere!" -
Black Jack

"The Boks must take the points on offer," -
KLSmith

"No creativity, no handling skills, one dimensional play!" -
Province Poppies

"We need to stop kicking away possession." -
JJ

"Where is Brussouw? We need a fetcher." -
WP

"We're so caught up in this old style. We don't like change. The sooner we change our mentality and stop kicking possession away, the sooner we're unleash the potential in our athletes." -
Mazwi Zuma

"For this gameplan we really missed a player like Alberts. In need of some x-factor players." -
Nathan Davies

"Search for players with vision and skills." -
KLSmith

"The conditions favoured England." -
JS

"The [Springboks'] game plan is predictable: kick possession away, run over the man and not in the gaps, hope for opposition mistakes." -
Cape Maori

"The Springboks lack a plan 'B'. " -
Jason Aeroboe

"We need to vary our game plan if we don't want to risk becoming predictable." -
AM

"The result is not completely bad. This SA side was always going to be a bit thin on the ground. With some first choice players like Schalk Burger and Andries Bekker out to injury and some of last year’s greats either retired or not ready for international rugby, it was never going to be an SA rampage." -
Pierre de Villiers

"We may have won the series - but we've allowed a fairly average English team to run over us for large periods of this series and we're lucky that the series ended without a loss. Back to the drawing board, Heyneke. We're going to take a spanking in the Rugby Championship playing like that." -
Sean Looney


Was it team selection? Tactics? Attitude? Tiredness? Conditions? Injuries? Opinion is divided as to the reason behind the Springboks' draw in the final Test. (Gallo Images)
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