'Seagull poo' blamed for shock Springbok defeat

By admin
21 September 2015

We've had finger-pointing in every direction since the Springboks' devastating defeat to Japan in their opening Rugby World Cup match on Saturday, but this is certainly a new one...

We've had finger-pointing in every direction since the Springboks' devastating defeat to Japan in their opening Rugby World Cup match on Saturday, but this is certainly a new one...

The Boks were bettered by the 100-1 shots Japan in their first match, in what will surely be the biggest upset of the 2016 tournament.

A UK tabloid has come up with an interesting explanation for the upset. The Daily Star is reporting "Springboks bosses" are furious "after a plague of seagulls plunged their training plans into chaos".

According to the article, the seabirds disrupted their training session at a private school in Sussex before Saturday's game. The gulls were apparently dive bombing the pitches and "pelting the pitch with poo".

“We had hundreds of gulls on the pitch after we had cut the grass and they were making an horrendous mess,” Eastbourne College groundsman Richard Maryan said.

'Our performance was just not good enough'

Local Gregg Jolly said, “The gulls are a nightmare, they dive-bomb you just to get at your fish and chips, and they poo absolutely everywhere”.

Since then, a Harris Hawk named George has been brought in to scare the gulls away, the outlet added.

Meanwhile, coach Heyneke Meyer and captain Jean de Villiers accepted their performance was not good enough.

“All credit to the Japanese, they played right to the end," the coach said. "Our performance was just not good enough. We knew they were going to be tough, but we gave away too many penalties, our discipline was just not good enough.

The Boks were bettered by the 100-1 shots Japan in their first match, in what will surely be the biggest upset of the 2016 tournament.

“Their defence was brilliant. We didn’t get quick ball and if you don’t get quick ball you won’t win."

Captain Jean has said he was embarrassed by the loss. “We were beaten by a better team and as players we need to take responsibility. It was way below par and it is difficult to say exactly where it went wrong."

Well, we're not quite sure where the tabloids got their info from -- we could level blame at any number of factors for the 34-32 loss, but we're pretty sure seagulls aren't one of them.

Sources: Daily Star, MailOnline, The Mirror, News24

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