Cape Town - Fans have overwhelmingly suggested that the Springboks' defeat to Ireland is sadly a sign of things to come.
The Boks went down 26-20 to the Irish at Newlands last Saturday in a historic first-ever loss in eight Tests on home soil, dating back some 55 years to May 1961.
When asked whether the defeat was a sign of what lay ahead for new coach Allister Coetzee or merely a once-off setback, the vast majority of the nearly 5 000 respondents voted for the former.
A staggering 65% opted for the "A sign of things to come I'm afraid. The current crop is simply not good enough ..." option, while 28% had more faith, clicking on the "A one-off. Have faith in Allister Coetzee, he'll sort out the mess" button.Seven percent - lucky them - claiming not to have watched the Test.Bookmakers believe the Boks will bounce back and square the series at Ellis Park in Johannesburg this weekend, installing the home side as 11-point favourites.