Springboks

Fans suggest more Bok heartache lies ahead

Allister Coetzee (File)
Allister Coetzee (File)

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.
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