Back to the drawing board for Boks after first Test defeat

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Back to the drawing board for Boks after first Test defeat

Schalk Burger believes it was not physical sharpness the Boks lacked but the mental vitality to find on-field solutions

Sports reporter

Just as they were forced to do in 1997 after defeat in the opening Test against the British and Irish Lions in Cape Town‚ the Springboks now have to revert to the drawing board.

Unlike 1997, when Carel du Plessis presided over a disastrous campaign‚ much of the existing scribbles and markings are influenced by Rugby World Cup success two years previously.

Springbok coach Jacques Nienaber‚ in close consultation, of course, with his boss Rassie Erasmus‚ will have to find solutions to a tide that turned markedly and decisively in the Lions’ favour in the second half at Cape Town Stadium on Saturday...

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