My neighbour’s dog kept howling on Saturday night after the Springboks’ humiliating record 57-15 defeat to the All Blacks in Durban.
At one stage, I felt like getting on all fours myself and joining him in calling out for something.
Few things made sense on Saturday, least of all what transpired at Kings Park.
Like the dog who longed for his guardians to come home, South Africa are also longing for the glory days of Springbok rugby – the times when they could still compete with the All Blacks.
But the gap between coach Allister Coetzee’s side and that of the All Blacks is probably the biggest it has ever been.
To lose at home is already a no-go for the Springboks, but to be humiliated like that – with the All Blacks running in nine tries to nil – is downright embarrassing.
Things need to change and they needs to change drastically.
South Africa tried to beat the All Blacks without playing with the ball in hand, and instead looked to turn the New Zealanders around with every possible opportunity – even if they had some quality turnover ball.
With only 31 percent possession, the Springboks still made more kicks than the All Blacks in the match.
It’s like the players were pre-programmed to do so.
One example of this was in the ninth minute when Springbok centre Juan de Jongh intercepted a Kieran Read pass and then kicked the ball up field way too early to have a realistic chance of getting it back and scoring a try.
The All Blacks dominated possession and territory from the first whistle, but there were some encouraging signs for the Springboks early on.
They had the lead through a Morné Steyn penalty – thanks to Francois Louw’s good work at the breakdown.
Louw, though, was replaced by Jaco Kriel as early as the 11th after suffering an injury.
The Boks then doubled their lead with another Steyn penalty in the 17th minute.
New Zealand then opened their scoring in the 22nd minute when Israel Dagg scored their first try out wide after running the ball from their own 22.
Still the Boks kept the scoreboard ticking over and another Steyn penalty made it 9-5 for the hosts.
Then in the 32nd moment, the TMO awarded a try to New Zealand scrumhalf TJ Perenara.
Replays suggested that he might have lost the ball forward, but the try was given and the visitors took a 12-9 lead at the break.
Bok fans would have still had some hope at half time. But things turned nasty in the second half.
South Africa’s defence fell apart – they missed 40 tackles in comparison to the three slipped by the All Blacks.
And the New Zealanders took full advantage of the Boks’ weaknesses.
Dagg got his second three minutes after the restart, with Steyn kicking another penalty to make it 17-12 for the All Blacks.
Then Pat Lambie had a kick charged down and Beauden Barrett sprinted in for the five-pointer. Shortly before the horrific final quarter, Steyn kicked another penalty (22-15).
But in the last 20 minutes, the All Blacks pulled away and scored five more tries that left a sour taste in every single Springbok fan’s mouth.