South Africa director of rugby Rassie Erasmus said the Springboks will be open to criticism following their narrow defeat to New Zealand in the fifth round of the Rugby Championship.
After suffering back to back defeats against Australia, the Springboks locked horns with the All Blacks in a must-win encounter and had a one-point lead by the 67th minute following a try from Sibusiso Nkosi and four penalty kicks from Handre Pollard.
Nevertheless, Jordie Barrett landed the decisive three-pointer in the 78th minute to steer Ian Foster's men to a thrilling 19-17 win and helped them clinch the Rugby Championship title with a round to spare.
The Boks faced a lot of criticism for hitting the ball high rather than maintaining possession through phases and Erasmus said his team has no complaints over it.
“When we were winning with 2 or 3 points we were not complaining about the credit and positive comments we received, so please be sure that we understand, agree and won’t complain when we get the deserved negativity when we lose with a few points!!,” Erasmus tweeted.
South Africa are currently third in the Rugby Championship table and will conclude their campaign with a clash against New Zealand scheduled on 2nd October in Brisbane.