Not so long ago, in October 2015 to be specific, there was a very quirky joke going around…
Little known fact
There is a Playoff for 5th Place at the Rugby World Cup
It’s called the 6 Nations
The Northern Hemisphere really silenced the Southern Hemisphere on Saturday…
Wales almost beating the All Blacks
England putting the Aussies to the Sword
And then there was Ireland – Spanking the Boks at Newlands with only 14 men!
Lots have been said about the Ireland defeat of the Boks and reiterating it on Paul’s blog will not change much or bring new insights – what is obvious, is that the South African rugby community is upset and hurting. Let’s put the weekend into context:
The bad run started with a shock loss for Dawie Theron’s Bokkies against the Argies.
Then Ireland played their 14-man part against a poor Bok side and just as you thought things couldn’t get worse, the Proteas managed to lose against Australia in the West Indies, after being comfortably ahead and on their way to victory, only to end up 40 odd runs short.
To say it was a weekend to forget, is an understatement! Maar ek kan ook sê: Ons is nou MOEG van verloor!
The weekend ahead is vital, not only for the new Bok coach and his troops, but also for SARU. What has become obvious, is that the product they are delivering is inferior. The shine of the once proud rugby nation is rubbing off and mediocrity is becoming the norm. The crowds are getting restless and the paying public impatient!
We are a nation of survivors and with some necessary changes, I am full of hope that the Boks will bounce back.