And that’s not only because their plane was stuck on the runway for 68 minutes. De Villiers said the Boks have to look at the positives as they beat the Pumas 22-17 to record an eighth straight Test win last weekend and are still unbeaten in five Tests this season.
He also spoke out against foul play after two Argentinian players, Leonardo Senatore and Pablo Matera, were cited for alleged biting and eye-gouging incidents. “These are things, I believe, which are not part of rugby and I would like them to be sorted out,” De Villiers said.
“We were very frustrated and that’s why I approached the referee (Steve Walsh), certain unfortunate things happened during the game,” said De Villiers.
“There was an alleged biting incident (on Eben Etzebeth) and an eye-gouging claim (on Francois Louw). Those things don’t belong in the game,” added the Bok captain.
De Villiers said while they were disappointed with their below-par performance, it would serve as a wake-up call ahead of their tour of Australasia.
“I’m happy witfh the win as it’s quite a couple of years since we last achieved an away win in the Rugby Championship, but I’m certainly not happy with the way we played we definitely have to improve,” he said yesterday at OR Tambo airport shortly after the team’s arrival.
“We went out with the idea of playing rugby,” he said. “They managed to slow our ball down, but it was still a positive result for us. I must compliment my team for remaining calm. It showed how much we have grown as a team.”
The Boks now have a few days off, regrouping on Thursday before flying out to Sydney on Saturday for their away Test in Brisbane against the Wallabies on September 7.