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So close and yet so far. They gave it their all but it wasn’t enough. The Spring­boks, cap­tained by SIYA

KOLISI, lost 30-32 to the All Blacks at Lof­tus Vers­feld.

The Boks dom­i­nated the match from the first whis­tle and had a 12-point lead with four min­utes to go. And then dis­as­ter struck.

Some have blamed the loss on sub­sti­tu­tions. But coach Rassie Eras­mus said he had lit­tle choice but to sub­sti­tute some of the play­ers. “Look, Wil­lie [le Roux] got con­cus­sion and Faf [de Klerk] was cramp­ing, so it was two swops at the same time [at] de­ci­sion-mak­ing po­si­tions,” he said.

“It’s a tough pill to swal­low,” Bok hooker Mal­colm Marx said.

“It’s hard. Hav­ing a 12-point lead with four min­utes to go but un­for­tu­nately we couldn’t get the dou­ble [win]. That is part of the game and they’re not the num­ber one team in the world for noth­ing.”

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