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No excuses for Springboks after Wallabies defeat, says coach Heyneke Meyer

South Africa coach Heyneke Meyer refused to make excuses for his team's 24-23 loss to Australia on Saturday.

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A late Rob Horne try, converted by Bernard Foley, saw the Wallabies to the thrilling Rugby Championship victory in Perth.

Bryan Habana " in his 100th Test " was sin-binned in the 65th minute, but Meyer was unwilling to be drawn on the yellow card.

Meyer felt his team performed well, but has turned his attentions to Saturday's clash against New Zealand in Wellington.

"What happened is done and it can't be changed," Meyer said.

"We're very disappointed with the defeat because we played very well. I thought we controlled the second half very well, playing against the wind, and the yellow card disrupted our plans on how we wanted to use the bench.

"No excuses though, it's a defeat and it really hurts. We now need to set our sights on our next match, which is our third away from home on the trot, and rectify matters against New Zealand in Wellington.

"It will take a monumental effort and we've got a lot of respect for New Zealand, but I believe we can beat them there."

Springboks captain Jean de Villiers urged his team to respond to the loss.

"We played great rugby at stages, but they stuck to their guns until the end and scored the try that mattered," he said.

"We probably made a few mistakes, which cost us, and defending with 14 men at the end was tough, but credit to the Wallabies for coming back. We lost this one and we've got to bounce back next week in Wellington.

"We can't change anything that happened here and have to go back to the drawing board on Monday."

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