Friday 6 December 2019

South African media slam the 'plain awful' Springboks

Independent.ie Newsdesk

Independent.ie Newsdesk

SA Rugby Magazine: "The performance served up at the Aviva Stadium on Saturday was one of the worst of the 2014 season. The Boks were found wanting in all departments.

"And against whom? A second-rate Ireland missing the bulk of their first-choice players. Heyneke Meyer may try to spin this as a wake-up call, as a valuable lesson a year out from the World Cup. But if this contest was to be viewed in isolation, one would have to say that Ireland were ordinary, and the Boks were just plain awful."

Sport 24

"South Africa were simply outfoxed in the final analysis, and they have plenty to think about - particularly in the ineffectual back division."

Supersport

"That man Romaine Poite, he who sent off Bismarck du Plessis in Auckland last year, again invoked the ire of South African fans by yellow-carding the Boks' other hooker, Adriaan Strauss. this time.

"However, while his brush of the Ireland player in the air might seem an innocuous reason to reduce the game to the farce of 15 against 14, and probably is, Poite was nonetheless correct in his ruling as the player did have both feet off the ground when he was played."

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