Boks lick wounds

Springbok coach Peter de Villiers, pictured, says he's "not really unhappy" with his team's stuttering performance in going down 27-15 to Australia in a Tri-Nations Test in Durban on Saturday.

Springbok coach Peter de Villiers, pictured, says he's "not really unhappy" with his team's stuttering performance in going down 27-15 to Australia in a Tri-Nations Test in Durban on Saturday.

"There's little difference between winning and losing, except that one feels better after winning," he said.

De Villiers is, however, concerned that his team is still not accurate enough in the execution of their play - and because the players are playing too individually.

However, he will persevere with his new vision of how the Springboks should play the game, and says that the players have bought into his plan of expansive rugby.

However, De Villiers admitted that it would be difficult to motivate the side for Saturday's final match in the Tri-Nations competition.

"We have only pride left to play for. The players must do justice to themselves and to their country," he said at the post-match media conference.

SA Rugby Union president Oregan Hoskins agreed that it would be a difficult week, although he was adamant that De Villiers' job is still safe despite losing two home Tri-Nations Tests for the first time in a season.

"The guys will really have to dig deep and show character," Hoskins said.

Meanwhile, Springbok prop CJ van der Linde has been cited for a head butt and Wallaby flanker Rocky Elsom for pulling Victor Matfield down in a lineout.

Matfield said afterwards that he had a slight groin niggle from the incident.

The Boks will announce the extent of their injuries today. - Sapa

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