Editorials
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24 Jul 2021
8:00 am

It’s time to get behind Siya’s Boks

Editorials

Almost half the team have been struck down by Covid-19 in the past two weeks.

Makazole Mapimpi of the Springboks in action against Australia in 2019's Rugby Championship. The Springboks didn't play in the competition last year and this year's competition is now in doubt because of Covid-19. Picture: Sydney Seshibedi/Gallo Images/Getty Images

Everything, it seems, is stacked against the Springboks. They’ve played one Test since winning the World Cup in November, 2019 against Georgia, who can hardly be considered a challenge. Almost half the team have been struck down by Covid-19 in the past two weeks. And, in the latest setback, the entire series will now be played in Cape Town, robbing the Springboks of playing the second and third Test matches at altitude where they would normally have an advantage over visiting teams. The Boks are on the back foot going into the threeTest series with the British & Irish Lions,...