Editorials
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20 Sep 2021
5:30 am

How the mighty Springboks have fallen

Editorials

The Springboks were totally outplayed by the Wallabies, and now two matches against the All Blacks are looming.

Len Ikitau of the Wallabies scores a try against the Springboks in the Rugby Championship match in Brisbane on Saturday. Picture: Albert Perez/Getty Images

When your national rugby coach admits that his players’ “performance was not worthy enough for a Springbok jersey”, you realise you have massive problems. The Springboks lost 30-17 to the Wallabies in a Rugby Championship fourth-round contest in Brisbane on Saturday. It was their second straight defeat to Australia, and with back-to-back fixtures against the in-form All Blacks looming over the next two weekends, it is indeed worrying times for the world champions. Springbok coach Jacques Nienaber said: “We are sorry, that’s all we can say. We sincerely apologise. Everyone, from management, coaching staff – this was a very poor...