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What Went Wrong when the Springboks Lost to Japan? Peter de Villiers Explains (Video)

Politically IncorrectFormer Springbok coach Peter de Villiers has told eNCA in no uncertain terms what he thinks went wrong on Saturday when South Africa lost their first match of the 2015 Rugby World Cup against Japan.

The Japanese team showed great flair and discipline as they beat the Boks 34-32. “We never thought the loss against Argentina would become a highlight,” De Villiers says, “can we sink any lower than this?”

De Villiers says he’s been critical of Heyneke Meyer’s agenda and dishonesty. “I don’t understand why nobody can see that this man can’t take our rugby to where it should be – no one respects us anymore. What are we respected for now?”

De Villiers says during the match he could see that things were going very wrong. “We can’t defend properly, and when we have the ball we don’t understand taking the space, we don’t understand taking the ball.”

De Villiers says he was very impressed with the way in which Japan created space for themselves and put the Boks in “no man’s land with defense”: “We never earned the right to run the ball once.”

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In another video, shared by Estelle Bronkhorst on YouTube, De Villiers gives advice to the Springboks: “We must very quickly become a team over there – get structures that everybody believes in.”

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