8 Sep 2009

Smith surprised by lack of urgency from Springboks

6:40 am on 8 September 2009

The South African skipper John Smith says he was surprised by the lack of urgency shown by his side, in their effort to wrap up rugby's Tri Nations title.

The Springboks lost 21-6 to Australia in Brisbane, failing also to get the bonus point they needed to put the title beyond the All Blacks' reach.

Smit says he wasn't surprised by Australia's improved performance on the back of four straight losses, adding it should serve as a warning to his own players before they face New Zealand in Hamilton this weekend.