Springboks frustrated by lack of discipline

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South Africa's coach and captain again bemoaned the team's lack of discipline in the wake of a 23-17 Rugby Championship defeat to Australia on Saturday.

Despite opening up a 14-3 lead early on in Brisbane, the Springboks slumped to a second successive defeat as tries from Adam Coleman and Bernard Foley enabled the hosts to turn things around.

Reflecting on his side's performance, Boks coach Allister Coetzee said: "I was really pleased with the start. And again, it's sounding like a stuck record now, our discipline let us down.

"That actually got Australia back into the game, they got territory from there and they could therefore put us under pressure. That's how they clawed their way back.

"Sometimes [it was] over-eagerness in defence, having a go at the breakdown when it's not necessary. I think we need to make better decisions there. They are lessons that we are learning, but I think our discipline wasn't good."

Skipper Adriaan Strauss echoed Coetzee's view, adding: "We have been saying for a while now we need to have a good start, we need to have that scoreboard pressure. We had exactly that, but like coach said we put ourselves under pressure. We need to sharpen up on our discipline.

"We were confident and we felt quite good [at 14-3]. We were quite positive on the field and you could feel the energy. We just broke our momentum a bit with the penalties again."

However, Coetzee was able to take some positives from South Africa's performance.

He said: "There's a lot of work to be done and we know where we need to improve, but I'm happy in general with the effort in tonight's [Saturday's] performance. It's a massive improvement from last week.

"I think our set-piece really functioned well. I feel we were quite physical and we dominated the collisions.

"Let me give credit to Australia for pulling this one off tonight. It was important, two sides needing to bounce back, and they got the win."