It’s never nice to lose a Test match and every game has to count for more than just its role in being part of the build-up to a Rugby World Cup, but Saturday night’s experience at the Stade Velodrome in Marseille should be worth gold to the Springboks.

Yes, it was frustrating for South Africans, and no doubt the players themselves, to lose yet another game against one of the world’s top two ranked teams by the narrowest of margins. Again, it was a game they could easily have won, and it looked like they were going to until errors saw them unable to exit effectively...

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