Jacques Nienaber on taking positives and negatives from All Black loss

Jacques Nienaber on taking positives and negatives from All Black loss

Springbok coach Jacques Nienaber admitted the first-half performance against the All Blacks last weekend was concerning but credited the players' fightback.

Nienaber also stressed the defeat would not change the Boks' plans as they aim to strike a balance between player workload and results in the build-up to the Rugby World Cup.

The Boks will look to close out their Rugby Championship campaign on a high against Argentina at Emirates Airline Park on July 29.

After that, South Africa will be involved in three World Cup warm-up games against Argentina in Buenos Aires (August 5), Wales in Cardiff (August 19) and New Zealand at Twickenham (August 25).

Nienaber believes their team selection in those fixtures will be crucial as they attempt to get the squad to peak at the right time.

"Our plans will remain the same for the Test against Argentina - the main thing for us now is to manage the players' load," he told the Springboks' official website.

"It was our primary goal to win the Rugby Championship, but unfortunately that isn't in our hands anymore. As things stand, Australia must do us a favour.

"The team we select to face Argentina will be a side we think will be good enough to beat Argentina, just as we selected teams we thought were good to face the All Blacks and Australia.

"That match is going to be our last one at home this year, and it's being hosted at an iconic stadium in Emirates Airline Park. It would be phenomenal to play in front of a full stadium because there aren't many stadiums that are more intimidating than that."

When reflecting on the Test against New Zealand at Mount Smart Stadium in Auckland, Nienaber said there were some good and bad points picked up from that fixture.

"We were concerned with the way we started the match, but the main positive is the way we clawed our way back after the first 20 minutes," he said.

"We conceded four penalties to one in the first quarter, and we made handling errors that were totally out of character for the Springboks. But hats off the players for the way they shrugged it off and managed to get a foothold in the game."