The fault lines in South African rugby run deep, threatening their pretencions to World Cup glory, former Australian World Cup-winning coach Bob Dwyer said on Wednesday.
Dwyer laid bare the essential weaknesses confronting the South African Rugby Union and those charged with enhancing the Springboks' fortunes. His frank, at times brutal, dossier will make for uncomfortable reading for those in the ranks of the South African game.
"The problem I have with the Springboks," said Dwyer, "is their execution of the basic elements of their continuity. Frankly, it is faulty.
"Their catch and pass skills are faulty. Their lines of running and lines of support are equally faulty. Therefore, under maximum pressure, as always if your technique is not perfect, it comes to grief. And a technically poor transfer of the ball around the tackle area inevitably becomes a turnover because of a knock-on. World-class teams just should not be making these errors."