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Bok coach not making excuses

The Springboks coach Heyneke Meyer does not blame the referee for their defeat to the All Blacks

Springbok Coach, Heyneke Meyer.  Picture: AFP

CAPE TOWN - Springbok coach Heyneke Meyer said he is not making any excuses after his side lost 29-15 to the All Blacks on Saturday morning in Auckland.

The referee, Romain Poite, came under the spotlight for handing out two yellow cards to Bismark du Plessis which effectively meant he only played 32 minutes of rugby, and without blaming the referee Meyer admits that it did disrupt the way the Boks played.

"I don't want to make any excuses. I thought they (New Zealand) were brilliant tonight, but you can't play with 14 men, especially if it's a hooker that's off.

"We really wanted to maul and scrum well, but you are always short on the driving mauls because you don't have a loose forward there. A lot of the play is around the loose forwards so we were really under pressure there."

Meyer said the team did well under the circumstances.

"Any average side playing with 14 men will get 50 against the All Blacks, especially at Eden Park."

Bok captain Jean de Villiers after the game explained that with a full team it is difficult enough to beat the All Blacks, but with one player down it is almost impossible.

"The All blacks are a tough team to play when you have 15 players on the field so when you have 14 it really is a tough ask. We haven't won here in almost 80 years so doing it with 14 men is not really going to happen."

The All Blacks claimed top spot on the Rugby Championship log with the victory while the Boks lie second.

In the other game on Saturday Australia beat Argentina 14-13 to move to third on the log. The next round of Rugby Championship matches takes place in two weeks.