“We need to forget about Hamilton and start afresh here in Sydney,” said Kok.
“We have to clear the minds, warm the hearts and make sure South Africa is proud of us at the end of the weekend. We have a week to fix things and we to use the time to do that.”
“There are less experienced guys in the squad this time around, but that does not change our attitude of making the country proud,” said Kok.
“The quality of guys such as Rosko Specman, Ruhan Nel and Dylan Sage were undisputed and you don't replace players like them overnight. It does not have to be a deterrent to the younger guys though.
“You train hard, hoping to get the chance once an experienced player is not there anymore. That is the opportunity for the next guy.”
“It is about the squad, but it will start with each individual taking ownership of the mistakes and then going out there to rectify it and make sure that it does not happen again,” he said.
But for now, they are looking towards the Sydney tournament and the rest of the series: “It is still early in the series, but we need to start stepping up.”
The Blitzboks face Australia, Argentina and Tonga in Pool D of the event to be held at Spotless Stadium on 2 and 3 February.