South Africa captain Siya Kolisi is aiming for a more consistent results streak for the Springboks as uneven form leaves the result of this year’s Rugby Championship in the balance with two rounds to go.
The reigning world champions clinched their second win of the season against Australia in Sydney on Saturday to finish third and a point off leaders New Zealand as the four-nation competition reaches its climax.
“Everyone wants consistency. We want to stay at the top all the time, but it’s difficult,” said Kolisi.
“Some teams play for a week and some don’t. That’s what I think all nations are looking for, that consistency every week.
“You can see what’s happening now, every single team is getting up and I think it’s brilliant for rugby because you never know which team is going to win that day.”
Each of the four nations in the rugby championship can still clinch the title with no team able to dominate this year’s campaign. Each has two wins and two losses, but New Zealand lead through Saturday’s bonus point win over Argentina.
Two early tries put the South Africans ahead against Australia in Sydney, a week after the Wallabies established an unassailable lead before a series of late goals eroded their lead from defeat in Adelaide.
“Last week nothing changed in our performance or our game plan, we took the chances we created today and we want to do that every time,” said Kolisi.
“It will make our job so much easier not having to fight back all the time.
“The fact that we were able to create those opportunities is encouraging and the fact that we were able to finish today was really good for us as a team and it’s a good reminder that we can do it in the future.
“We just have to keep going, that’s all we want. Just be consistent and seize the opportunities when we create them.”
South Africa meet Argentina in the last two games of the competition later this month, while holders New Zealand play Australia twice.