France captain Yoann Maestri believes his side showed a lack of consistency in the 37-14 loss to the Springboks at Loftus on Saturday.
The Boks scored through Jesse Kriel, Ross Cronje, Jan Serfontein and a penalty try whilst the French tries came from Henry Chavancy and Baptiste Serin.
Maestri did not mince his words in the aftermath of the clash saying his side were second-best in every department.
When asked if the altitude could have been a factor in his side's below-par performance, he responded:
"The altitude? I think we can not take that as an excuse," the lock told rugbyrama.
"We came across a great team, we were totally excited, we scored a try and then conceded a penalty try, not even 30 seconds later.
"It shows our inexperience and lack of consistency in the effort.
"I think it is above all psychological because the head dominates everything.
"We arrived more than 10 days ago. We made too many mistakes, we were too feeble and in the end, we paid the price."