End of an era for South Africa

South Africa coach Peter de Villiers looks set to quit his job following the Springboks' 11-9 World Cup quarter-final defeat against Australia.

De Villiers gave the strongest possible indication that his four-year reign is at an end after South Africa relinquished the world title they won in Paris four years ago.

Asked if the the loss would mark the end of his career, De Villiers said: "I think so. It was a brilliant journey, something that none of you guys can take away from me. There is a time to come and a time to go, so I think the journey for me is over."

He added: "I wanted to be the best me that I could be. The way that I am is the way that I want to be remembered.

"Quarter-finals, semi-finals, finals, you have got to take your chances. It didn't go our way, we didn't take all our chances. The guys are quiet. We never expected this, so it was not a really good mood in the changing room."

Australia coach Robbie Deans hailed David Pocock's display, which contributed hugely towards the Wallabies securing a probable semi-final clash against Deans' native New Zealand in Auckland next Sunday.

"He was immense," Deans said. "David Pocock's game was remarkable, and it was bigger than he got credit for.

"The world is blessed with some very good snafflers at the moment, and no doubt people will be looking forward to next week, to that end.

"What you saw out there was the most experienced World Cup side in the world (South Africa) really turn the screws on the youngest. So, our boys came of age in terms of the way they accepted that challenge and stood up to it.

"We saw an epic World Cup encounter. Different, but that's what makes this game what it is."