Minor set-back besetting Boks at the World Cup, has seen them falling out of the top five in the International Rugby Board rankings.
Currently, they are positioned six a no-good feature in their standings.
Having unceremoniously lost to lesser-known Japan (in terms of world rankings) 34-32 Boks, should and must win all their remaining games beginning with Samoa at Villa Park.
Samoa, looking to reach the World Cup quarter-finals for a third time, got their own campaign started on Sunday with a 25-16 victory over the United States at the Brighton Community Stadium, the same venue where Japan beat twice champions South Africa.
Interestingly, Bok flyhalf Handré Pollard’s kicking foot has been insured for a whopping R2 million, according to Phil Donnelly, Sales & Marketing Director at Bidvest Insurance.
We hope going forward Pollard will convert those kicking opportunities to better our chances, nothing else!
Yes, I’m at pain and running out of superlatives to describe what happened this past weekend.
Let’s re-group and fight back Bokke. Again, I’m saying this with a heavy heart…
Meanwhile, Samoa national team paid a surprise visit to stricken Springboks great Joost van der Westhuizen, before they face Boks on Saturday 26, starting at 17:45.
Remaining fixtures for Boks is Scotland on October 3 and US on 7.
*Ajax Cape Town also made history, as we predicted by outclassing, outmuscling cup specialists Kaizer Chiefs 1-0 to clinch the MTN8 Cup.
To simply wrap it, what a weekend of painful yet fulfilling surprises!