Springboks head coach Jacques Nienaber has defended the team’s defeat to Wales, which saw the series now level at 1-1.

A new-look Boks side which included six debutants went down 12-13 to the Welsh in the second test at Toyota Stadium on Saturday.

Nienaber has defended against criticism of using the clash as a trial run for inexperienced players and insists there were plenty of positives to take from the performance.

“We said from the start that we had a plan for 42 players. If we had gone the conservative route and stuck with the same team – and let’s say we didn’t win the test match tonight – then we would probably have never given the other guys an opportunity,” said Nienaber.

“There was risk but the answers you get out of it outweigh the risk.”

Touching on some of the mistakes that cost South Africa a series victory, the 49-year-old tactician explained that though the players were in-form at club level, international test matches have much smaller margins for error.

“I thought the intensity was there and we had a couple of opportunities in the first half when execution cost us,” he added.

“And then the discipline in the second half cost us. [The players] brought intensity, which is what we asked of them, [but] could the execution be better? Without a doubt.

“We had guys playing their first test match; guys in-form in different competitions all over the world but Test matches are different and small margins cost you games.

“It’s good for the players to understand what a test match intensity is like and what your accuracy levels have to be. The players would have learned a lot from that.”

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