THE Springboks can look back on the season with a sense of satisfaction, says skipper Siya Kolisi.

But the much loved Bok captain said they could have achieved more, after ending what was a tough campaign on a losing note against England last weekend.  

It was a year like no other for the world champions, they started with camp in Bloemfontein in June to prepare for the British and Irish Lions series in Cape Town in July.

Before that, they played against Georgia, who were supposed to play a few warm-up matches in South Africa but only played one game as the Covid-19 pandemic in the country reached new levels.

Georgia were Boks’ first outing since winning the World Cup in 2019. The Boks did not play a single match in 2020, missing the Rugby Championship, the competition they also won in 2019, because of Covid-19.  

But after losing the first Test against the Lions they when on to win the series 2-1. The Boks then beat Argentina twice in the opening matches of the Rugby Championship in Mzansi before completing the other four fixtures in Australia where they lost three (two against the Wallabies and All Blacks). They beat the All Blacks in their final Rugby Championship Test.

They ended the year with three matches in the United Kingdom beating both Wales and Scotland before losing a highly charged match against England 27-26.

“I believe we could have achieved so much more,” said Kolisi who played in 12 of 13 test matches this season. We hold high standards for ourselves effort wise and (have the) mentality to go through what we went through (four months in the bubble) and be able to pitch up (and perform)  week in and week out.

“But I’m proud of that but we took everything head on. In so many ways it was successful but obviously, our sport is all about results.”

In 13 matches, the Boks won eight and lost five. Despite that record, they retained their number one ranking in the world rugby rankings.