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Five Springbok talking points from the Perth stalemate

Coenie Oosthuizen Anesh Debiky

KweséESPN looks at five talking points that emerged from the Springboks' 23-23 draw against the Wallabies in Perth.

Coenie Oosthuizen a plus-size Superman?

Springbok prop Coenie Oosthuizen is revolutionising tighthead play. And on Saturday against the Wallabies he did it with a broken arm. Oosthuizen, who not so long ago had to move from loosehead to the No 3 jersey because of a neck issue, has been excellent at scrum time for the Boks after initial doubts about his ability to anchor the scrum. But he also put himself about the park in Perth, making an incredible 18 tackles -- more than another player on the park. Amazingly, though, three of those tackles were with a broken arm. Not all superheroes wear capes ... Some have bellies.

Boks must back their new attacking game

The Boks conceded more penalties in Perth than their two previous matches against Argentina because they had to make more tackles. But they have only themselves to blame for that. It seems like they put too much emphasis on the slight drizzle at the nib Stadium before the game and decided to kick possession away, and inviting the Wallabies to run at them. The Boks went back to playing a conservative style of rugby after trying to evolve their game against France and Argentina. The Boks need to believe in this new direction, because if they kick away the ball against the All Blacks next weekend they will suffer greatly.

The Pieter-Steph Du Toit conundrum

Coach Allister Coetzee will be having a few sleepless nights this week about his second-row combination. Pieter-Steph du Toit was absolutely brilliant in his first start of the year in place of the Franco Mostert, who was rested for the clash in Perth. Du Toit carried well against Australia, and made many metres with some smart play around the ruck area. But he was also very good in the lineout, putting pressure on the Aussies' ball. Mostert, though, has also been in top form this year, with his work-rate. It's not going to be a straightforward decision to choose between the two players for the clash against the All Blacks.

Boks need to use their substitutes properly

The Boks' subs have been excellent this year, with players such as Jean-Luc du Preez and Steven Kitshoff making an immediate impact when they have taken the field. But one just can't shake the feeling that Coetzee didn't properly use their bench in the last 20 minutes against Australia. What was the purpose of having both Handré Pollard and Damian de Allende on the bench in the last five minutes if you don't have enough confidence that they are going to make a difference. The Boks were looking for a drop goal in the last few minutes against Australia, so why not get Pollard, who is arguably the better exponent of the ar then Elton Jantjies, on the field? The same with De Allende, who is a strong ball carrier, who would have set a good platform for a drop.

Springbok restarts remain a massive problem

South Africa conceded another try from a restart shortly after scoring against Australia in Perth. The same thing happened against Argentina in Port Elizabeth, when the players looked deep into each other's eyes instead of catch the ball. In Perth wing Courtnall Skosan seemed to call for the ball before missing it completely. But it shouldn't be his job to catch the ball in that position from a restart. The Boks need to work hard on this area of the game this week, because the All Blacks will try and exploit their weakness in Albany on Saturday.