Behind the Springboks

2015-10-06 06:00

THE South African rugby team cannot ride the crest of the wave forever. There will come a time when they are going to be beaten with records tumbling, as was the case with the loss to the Pumas and the recent World Cup match against Japan.

Coach Heyneke Meyer has taken full responsibility for the loss, knowing the supporters of South African rugby —they are an unforgiving lot who will want to crucify you and everything about you as a person, from the team selection to the side that is fielded.

This aspect of the game is what makes it such a controversial sport. Add to the mix racial quotas with very few black players included in the team and you are left with a melting pot of suggestions from armchair critics. Even government executives such as Gwede Mantashe have added their voices to how the Springboks can change their fortunes around by the simple process of not allowing pensioners onto the rugby field.

Then we have the former coach Pieter de Villiers, who was the first coach of colour to coach the Springboks.

It seems as if he is now the only person who can critique our rugby team. Is there no other rugby commentator who can give an unbiased critical analysis of the game? If De Villiers was such a great strategist of the game, why was his coaching contract not renewed? As rugby supporters, we want diverse viewpoints on how the game unfolded, and therefore more rugby journalists and commentators need to be brought into the mix.

For now, the Springboks need to regroup to beat Scotland. The Springbok team, with the 58 million supporters at home, can make history as the first team that lost a game in the group stages of the competition to win the World Cup and the first team to lift the Webb Ellis trophy for the third time.

Let’s recreate the moment of 1995 that’s frozen in time and bring it back to life in 2015. Let’s use some Madiba magic to bring the cup home. You can do it boys, let’s go for it!


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