Australia 49 South Africa 0
Former South Africa coach Nick Mallett believes poor team selection and Jake White's decision to open a public debate on his future before the Tri-Nations were the reasons behind the hammering at the hands of Australia.
Mallett, who coached the Springboks between 1997 and 2000, was scathing in his criticism of the national team, who were on the wrong end of a six-try rout against a rampant Australian side in Brisbane.
He slammed White for not picking a genuine openside flanker and added that White's attempt ahead of the tournament to extend his contract to 2009 also played heavily on the team's mind.
"We went into the game with a side that wasn't selected to compete correctly. There was no openside flanker and there have been question marks around Jaco van der Westhuyzen at fly-half in the past," said Mallett.
Mallett believes White should swallow his pride and pick Stormers flanker Luke Watson. White has publicly stated he will never choose Watson, even though he is one of the form loose forwards in the country.
"I've made the point before that you can't ever count someone out of your plans," said Mallett. "With Schalk Burger injured, clearly the best loose forward, the best openside flanker, is Luke Watson."
White, meanwhile has called on his side to regroup following their thrashing - and has used England as an example of how it can be done.
Next up for White's men is a clash with in-form New Zealand and although the Boks coach admitted he had work to do in the intervening period, he pointed at the 1998 England team as inspiration.
He said: "England came here and lost by 76 points with a team they were putting together and they ended up winning the World Cup (five years later).
"If we go in with the attitude that we can't (turn things around before next week), then it's going to become even darker for us.
"I take a lot from what happened to that England team that came out here. They got hammered by Australia, they got hammered by the All Blacks, so we've got to get it right."
White also believes the loss of a number of his key players, including Burger (neck), second-rower Bakkies Botha (calf), centre Jean de Villiers (rib) and fly-half Andre Pretorius (groin), was a determining factor in the rout.
"I'm not making any excuses for missed tackles, I'm not making any excuses for execution, but it puts things into perspective for me as a coach.
"I thought we'd be a bit more competitive with the team we had here but in all fairness, if you get it wrong on a day like this against a team like the Wallabies, you've got to live with the consequences."
The margin of victory could have been even greater had the Wallabies not squandered a number of try-scoring opportunities in wet conditions.
They settled for tries by Matt Giteau (2), Jeremy Paul, Greg Holmes, Chris Latham and Mark Chisholm - while Stirling Mortlock kicked 16 points and Stephen Larkham dropped a goal.