Boks surrender away lead

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Updated: September 8, 2012

Australia came from behind to score 20 points in the second half and beat the Springboks 26-19 in their Castle Rugby Championship match in Perth, compounding the problems for coach Heyneke Meyer and captain and under performing Jean De Villiers.

The Boks led 13-7 after a solid first half, but then reverted back to type and kicked away almost all their possession, while the Wallabies stepped up a notch and retained theirs, eventually finding the gaps to score two second-half tries and win the match, thus giving coach Robbie Deans some breathing room.

During a game that was between two out of form teams the rugby reflected exactly that. South Africa will probably benefit more from the loss considering the lack of experience however the only way forward for the proud rugby nation is to extinguish the captaincy of De Villiers and as a player all together, as despite his experience, his days at this level are done and more attacking younger options are available and should be considered.

Ruan Pienaar at scrum half was a decision that should have picked itself almost a year ago following the departure of Fourie Du Preez. The driving force behind the success of Ulster showcased his talent, and had he have been allowed the kicking responsibilities perhaps the game would have been closer.

Springbok coach Heineke Meyer is in a precarious position and should address many issues and do them quickly if he wishes to keep the Bok faithful behind him.