Boks remain optimistic despite bonus point miss

The Boks remain upbeat about winning the Championship despite the bonus point miss.

Australian fullback Israel Folau is tackled by South African scrum half Francois Louw during the Rugby Championship match at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane on 7 September 2013. Picture: AFP/Patrick Hamilton

CAPE TOWN - The Springboks remain optimistic about still being able to win the Rugby Championship despite missing out on that all important four-try bonus point.

The Boks scored three tries to one, running out 28-8 winners against the Wallabies at Newlands on Saturday night.

Springbok Coach Heyneke Meyer feels his team is still in with a chance to win.

"I'm really happy with their performance. Obviously we didn't get the bonus point but I think the great thing is we're in for a chance - that's the only thing I asked from the team."

The Boks Captain Jean de Villiers said he is more than satisfied with the team's performance.

"We beat Australia by 20 points, if you gave that to us at the beginning of the year we definitely would have taken it. We're still in this competition. We've got an opportunity now, we've won four out of five games and now it comes down to one more game, which we'd like to win as well."

He said the question about failing to secure a bonus point win is nothing new to him.

"It's funny how I'm sitting in the same old room where I've been asked the question so many times; it's a familiar situation for me. We're happy with where we're at."

The captain said there's still a belief they can win the competition.

"It's great that we're still in the competition and still have an opportunity to win it. To play against two teams that I think we respect the most in world rugby, is great for us as a team."