Tri Nations 2008
Reaction: Boks run riot against woeful Wallabies
August 30, 2008
Stirling Mortlock congratulates Victor Matfield at the end of the game © Getty Images
A shell-shocked Stirling Mortlock reflected on his team's record defeat to the Springboks at Ellis Park. "It's very disappointing to us," he said. "We prepared well leading into this game, but hats off to the Boks' victory, they've had a tough few weeks.
"They came out absolutely all guns blazing and played some great rugby today, so well done to them."
Australia had a prime opportunity to put themselves in the Tri Nations driving seat ahead of the winner takes all clash against New Zealand in Brisbane on September 13th. Despite the loss Mortlock knows that there is still hope for his team to lift the trophy.
"We get a few days off, to go home, re-group and then build up to what is a massive match for us against the All Blacks in Brisbane," said the Australia skipper. "We're really looking forward to that one, that will decide everything."
It was South Africa's largest ever win against Australia and captain Victor Matfield paid tribute to his side.
He said: "We were under a lot of pressure, but the coach stuck with the players, and this win feels good after the last three weeks.
"It's awesome [the victory], especially after the last three weeks. I think character comes out when the going gets tough.
"Today the guys showed they've got a lot of character.
"We'd just like to thank everyone close to us that supported us through these tough three weeks, and kept believing in us."
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