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Last Updated: Friday, 24 October, 2003, 12:56 GMT 13:56 UK
Smit praises rusty Boks
South Africa skipper John Smit
Smit was pleased despite the errors
Stand-in South African captain John Smit was full of praise for his players despite their error-ridden win over Georgia.

A virtual second-string Springbok XV ended up 46-19 winners but they were let down by poor handling throughout the 80 minutes.

Smit, who replaced the rested Corne Krige as captain, said: "There are a couple of tries still waiting out there for us. But unfortunately we didn't put our hands together enough to come through and finish it off.

"It's something we're going to work on but I thought it was a great effort from the boys."

Despite failing to fire on all cylinders, Rudolph Straeuli's side did manage to cross for seven tries during the game.

In return, Georgia notched up their first World Cup try, hooker David Dadunashvili taking the plaudits from a well-worked line-out.

South Africa had been expected to win by a greater margin, but continually knocked the ball on as they launched fresh attacks.

Smit added: "We were trying to do things and we were letting ourselves down out wide on both sides."

Straeuli singled out the opposition for particular praise, rather than his own players.

The Springbok coach said: "Good credit to the Georgians, they defended like Trojans and they managed to score a try when we were down to 14 men.

"The big disappointment was that we lost a bit of structure and gave away silly penalties and a yellow card. That's not acceptable for us as a squad."





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