Cape Town – Fans have overwhelmingly suggested that the Springboks’ defeat to Ireland is sadly a sign of things to come.
Boks went down 26-20 to the Irish at Newlands last Saturday in a
historic first-ever loss in eight Tests on home soil, dating back some
55 years to May 1961.
When asked whether the defeat was a sign of
what lay ahead for new coach Allister Coetzee or merely a once-off
setback, the vast majority of the nearly 5 000 respondents voted for the former.
A staggering 65% opted for the “A sign of things to come I’m afraid. The current crop is simply not good enough …” option, while 28% had more faith, clicking on the “A one-off. Have faith in Allister Coetzee, he’ll sort out the mess” button.
Seven percent – lucky them – claiming not to have watched the Test.Bookmakers
believe the Boks will bounce back and square the series at Ellis Park
in Johannesburg this weekend, installing the home side as 11-point favourites.