GAVIN RICH: Mental staleness after Lions series and lack of attack coach trouble Boks
Absence of former Golden Lions mentor Swys de Bruin is intensely felt amid woeful execution
It was both interesting and frustrating to watch two key members of the Springbok team that swept all before them en route to what was then the Tri-Nations in 2009 speculating in their role as post-match television analysts on what went wrong in Brisbane.
Interesting because former captains John Smit and Jean de Villiers were spot on in pinpointing where it went wrong for the team at Suncorp Stadium. It was execution. Pure and simple. What was most disturbing was not so much that the world champions lost, but that they did so while so far off their game in areas that are usually their strengths...