I feel like theres no way that I can win by replying to this... as whenever we talk about our own team we don't take well to criticism... but here goes...
Jimmy Cowan held Bakkies back, I agree, and we said it ourselves when we were watching it, and he should have been penalised, either way, a head butt into the back of the head in a very dominant position isn't the greatest way to make a point! It was early in the game, still sorting each other out, so at that stage of the game there is no way it can be down to frustration. Its just dirty rugby.
As for him being sin binned, he killed the ball in the breakdown twice in a row, when we were dominant, and if we had had quicker ball would have scored. It was a professional foul so deserved it without warnings.
I would like to congratulate your scrum though, you managed to disrupt every scrum by falling down, popping up, even managed to fall over your shoelaces going backeards, and managed to keep it going for a whole minute and a half with 7 men, how that isn't obvious time wasting tactics I don't know! Shows technique is better than a big pack any day, as we clearly had dominance though may have evened up in the second half.
We don't like northern hemisphere ref's either, though I probably hate stu dickinson on the sidelines even more!
The honest assessment is South Africa weren't physical enough. Totally blown off the ball, the SA loose trio completely out muscled, outmaneuvered and out played. The forward pack were too slow, in fact the one facet you guys have always had the edge was the lineout and that completely failed for you too.
But you could see it in the way SA play that they weren't that interested in winning the game with attractive rugby (think drop goal every chance that Morne Steyn can get), and if they are going to play defensive rugby and get outmuscled then they can't expect to win.
I think the penalty count was for the boks, and for every wrong thing you saw NZ do in the breakdown, I can assure you the same was here looking at the boks! I think you should be happy the score wasn't a blow out!
Next week will be different, SA will be more intense - which they will have to be, and it will be closer maybe even a bok win, and this time it will be me complaining about the northern hemisphere ref aiding the South Afircans!