Get off the anti-Springbok bandwagon
EXCLUSIVE: The Springboks head to Australasia still licking their wounds from their previous round defeat, however, the ‘bigger picture’ needs to be front of mind during this competition.
When the Springboks hosted England in the three match series, all expectations was for the home side to claim the Series – which they did. Initially, the general feeling was that Rassie Erasmus’ men should be afforded the chance to build something during the Rugby Championship, however, that was clearly thrown put of the window as the usual cynics were quick to go back to old ways of criticising the team after a solitary defeat.
The defeat may have come at the hands of Argentina and dropped the Boks to seventh on the official World rankings. Anton van Zyl believes the competition is far from over and the team needs to be granted the opportunity to properly build something with the 2019 World Cup around the corner.
“Rassie in the press getting hammered about whether it is the coach or the players, let’s just get over that,” he said.
“The guys beat England in the Series, that’s what we wanted. So let’s afford them the chance to build whatever they are going to build. Let’s not jump on the bandwagon of previous eras and constantly slam and lament the things that was bad.
“The guys didn’t have a great game [against Argentina] and I am sure they will be the first to admit it but there is a lot of meat left in this competition. I can assure you there are going to be some interesting things we are going to see in the next two weeks.
“We have to understand that this is not a week-to-week thing. Of course wanting to win is absolutely everything but sometimes it is not going to go our way,” he added.
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