Cape Town - Springbok fans woke with fear and trepidation at the news World Rugby had appointed Jerome Garces as referee for Sunday's Rugby World Cup semi-final between South Africa and Wales in Yokohama.
Kick-off is at 11:00 SA time.
Social media went into a frenzy and WhatsApp groups went into overdrive as an uneasy, sinking feeling set in.
The Springboks have a well-documented shocking record under the Frenchman, winning a mere four of the 14 Tests under Garces' watch - or 29%.
Fears stem in main from the fact the Springboks have a 'perfect' record under Garces against their arch-rivals, the All Blacks, of: Played six, lost six.
The Springboks have also never beaten the Welsh under Garces, having lost their only previous encounter 24-22 in Cardiff in 2017.
Earlier in the World Cup, the Springboks - and their fans - were unhappy with a number of Garces' calls during their 23-13 pool defeat to New Zealand.
Garces was also the referee when the Springboks famously lost to Japan at the 2015 World Cup in Brighton.
South Africa’s record with Jerome Garces as referee:
2013 v Australia, Cape Town - won 28-8
2013 v Scotland, Edinburgh - won 28-0
2014 v New Zealand, Wellington - lost 14-10
2014 v Italy, Padova - won 22-6
2015 v New Zealand, Johannesburg - lost 27-20
2015 v Japan, Brighton - lost 34-32
2015 v New Zealand, London - lost 20-18
2016 v Argentina, Salta - lost 26-24
2016 v New Zealand, Durban - lost 57-15
2016 v England, London - lost 37-21
2017 v New Zealand, Cape Town - lost 25-24
2017 v Wales, Cardiff - lost 24-22
2018 v Australia, Port Elizabeth - won 23-12
2019 v New Zealand, Yokohama - lost 23-13
- Compiled by Sport24 staff