By Waheeb Slarmie
The conditions were heavy at Newlands in the 3rd and final test. With rain coming down and heavy under foot, it was definitely going to be a difficult match. With the series already in the bag, the Boks came up short and lost 10-25 to England.
The English showed their experience in the wet conditions and won numerous penalties and Johnny May scored a late try to seal the victory. Although Rassie was disappointed, he feels quite a few lessons was learned and they will unpack and analyse their mistakes with an eye on the Rugby Championship in two months time.
But this series will be remembered for the almost pioneering moment where the first African captain in Siya Kolisi was picked to lead the rugby national side. And at the same time the selection of several players of color that pushed the figure to 45% representation.
Siya lead by example in his play, and if the comebacks of the previous two tests is anything to go by, it can only mean good things for the national side. It will restore much confidence in the very demanding South African rugby fan.
The team is on the grow and Rassie, as the tactician he is, will keep on improving the team and individuals so that the depth of the squad is up there as well.