Nienaber, Kolisi hurting after ‘painful’ defeat to All Blacks
Springbok coach Jacques Nienaber said his players ‘showed they had the belief they could win’
Springbok coach Jacques Nienaber has admitted that the 19-17 defeat to New Zealand in the landmark 100th Test match between the two nations in Queensland on Saturday is difficult to stomach and hurts.
The Boks, who led the crunch match by one point until the 78th minute, were devastated by Jordie Barrett’s sucker punch in the closing stages, when he showed nerves of steel to put away his fourth penalty of the match to see the All Blacks clinch this year’s edition of the Rugby Championship.
“We were in it at the end and we put ourselves in a position to win the game,” said a visibly disappointed Nienaber. “Yes I am hurting because we could have pulled it off. We believed that those kicks were effective and they all created one-on-one situations, which was something we wanted to achieve. We had opportunities, they had opportunities...