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Damian de Allende 'heartbroken' after All Blacks loss: 'We deserved more'

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Damian de Allende. (Photo by Grant Pitcher/Gallo Images)
Damian de Allende. (Photo by Grant Pitcher/Gallo Images)
  • Springbok centre Damian de Allende said rugby karma dealt them a cruel hand in their loss to New Zealand on Saturday.
  • Jordie Barrett's late penalty gave New Zealand a 19-17 win in the 100th Test between the teams.
  • De Allende said they controlled the tempo of the game very well.

Springbok centre Damian de Allende said rugby karma dealt them a cruel hand in their 19-17 loss to the All Blacks in Townsville on Saturday.

De Allende, who had an industrious game despite the Bok kicking that meant the ball didn't go in his direction, said the last minute penalties that came through for them in the British & Irish Lions series have moved in the opposite direction.

"Against the British and Irish Lions, we got the last penalty at the scrum. Against Australia, it went against us and in this game, it also went against us," De Allende said.

"We'll keep on working hard and hopefully, when this comes around next time in a close game, the favour will turn in our direction again."

De Allende played a huge role in keeping David Havili and Rieko Ioane quiet, from where he said they controlled the tempo of the game well despite the loss.

De Allende said the loss was heartbreaking because they deserved more from the game after playing well as compared to the two Australia games

"We controlled the tempo well and I thought that last penalty was a brilliant kick and there's not much we could do about it," De Allende said.

"We got ourselves into the game reasonably well and we controlled the tempo quite nicely.

"We were dominant, so I think it was quite heartbreaking because it felt like we deserved more from the game."

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