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Second test was big improvement - Div

Springbok coach Peter de Villiers has said their performance against New Zealand over the weekend would...

Springbok coach Peter de Villiers looks on during a training session in Cape Town on 7 July 2011. Picture: Aletta Gardner/EWN

Springbok coach Peter de Villiers has said their performance against New Zealand over the weekend would have given the Wallabies a run for their money.

After arriving back in South Africa on Sunday evening, De Villiers said there was definitely an improvement in the second tour defeat, although inexperience cost them once again.

"We were about 70 percent better, but at the end when we had to finish our moves and hold onto the ball we just gave it away too quickly," he said. "That's a part of the inexperience that I spoke about."

De Villiers said they lacked cohesion but added, "I think the scoreline in the second game wasn't the right and true reflection of the game, but then again you go through those kind of things to inspire you, to make it right in the future."

Meanwhile, 23 Springboks were released on Monday to play in the Currie Cup.

The list includes 15 of the 29 players who played in the away leg of the Tri-Nations.

De Villiers said eight players have not had any game time since the Super Rugby tournament and have been on rehabilitation programmes with their European clubs or with the national squad.

De Villiers said the players released back to their provinces and clubs remain in contention for selection for the Tri-Nations and Rugby World Cup.

The Bok squad for the home leg will be announced on Friday.

Players released are:

Player

Province/Club

Bjorn Basson

Vodacom Blue Bulls

BJ Botha

Munster, Ireland

Heinrich Brüssow

Toyota Free State Cheetahs

Adrian Jacobs

The Sharks

Elton Jantjies

MTN Lions

Zane Kirchner

Vodacom Blue Bulls

Patrick Lambie

The Sharks

Francois Louw

Bath, England

Charl McLeod

The Sharks

Lwazi Mvovo

The Sharks

Odwa Ndungane

The Sharks

Wynand Olivier

Vodacom Blue Bulls

Dean Greyling

Vodacom Blue Bulls

Alistair Hargreaves

The Sharks

Ryan Kankowski

The Sharks

Werner Kruger

Vodacom Blue Bulls

Ashley Johnson

Toyota Free State Cheetahs

Johann Muller

Ulster, Northern Ireland

Coenie Oosthuizen

Toyota Free State Cheetahs

Chiliboy Ralepelle

Vodacom Blue Bulls

Deon Stegmann

Vodacom Blue Bulls

Adriaan Strauss

Toyota Free State Cheetahs

Flip van der Merwe

Vodacom Blue Bulls