Wallabies "couldn’t keep up"

Date published: September 28 2014

Wallabies coach Ewen McKenzie believes the final scoreline in Saturday’s loss to South Africa is not a fair reflection of the effort put in by his players.

Australia led 10-8 with ten minutes left to play but wilted under pressure when it counted most as South Africa ran in three late tries to win 28-10.

The visitors made a mind-boggling 260 tackles in the match but ran out of steam as the Boks used their highly experienced bench to up the tempo in the closing stages with the Wallabies unable to reply.

“All the players we brought in off the bench were pretty experienced players,” said McKenzie.

“I don’t think there’s any reason not to expect that you’re going to maintain composure as you go along.

“We’ll have to go to the videotape and have a look (why the team was unable to maintain composure).

“You get different combinations out there. It’s worked well for us in the past so I can’t say … It’s just disappointing that it happened tonight.

“I thought we set the game up. But we didn’t finish it off.

“They improved at the end, our tackling had been outstanding I thought in the first 60.” added McKenzie.

“I actually felt for the players who set the game up, I thought they did a really good job.

“That’s probably going to get lost in the final score line unfortunately.

“I thought we were very competitive but the final score line is not going to say that and that’s the disappointing part.”

Wallabies skipper Michael Hooper admitted his team “couldn’t keep up” with the Springboks in the final quarter.

“Their bench was quality, it came on got a lot of carries and got over the advantage line and got round the corner of us,” said Hooper.