Cape Town – The British and Irish Lions, preparing for their
looming tour of Australia, have been forced to retract a tweet gloating over
their final-Test triumph against South Africa in 2009.
The Guardian newspaper (www.guardian.co.uk)
revealed that the official Lions Twitter account was forced earlier this week
to delete a tweet showing a springbok impaled on a railing, accompanied by the
words: “Isn’t this what @lionsofficial did to Springboks in the 3rd
Test in Johannesburg 2009?”
The post reportedly lasted some 90 minutes before being
withdrawn, and a subsequent tweet issued saying: “@lionsofficial would like to
apologise for any offence caused by recent and inappropriate tweets.”
South Africans –\- just as much as Australians, no doubt - are
likely to be bemused more than irked by the cheeky gremlin, considering that
the tweet conveniently forgot to note that the Lions’ 28-9 victory at Ellis
Park came in a dead-rubber clash, as John Smit’s Boks had already won the first
two of the three contests.
At the time, coach Peter de Villiers controversially
selected a greatly weakened Bok side for the last fixture, cocooning certain
players for the later Tri-Nations, which South Africa again won.
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