Cape Town – The primary theme of United Kingdom media
reaction to the Springboks’ latest humiliation in Cardiff was to lament just
how low South African rugby has seemingly stooped.
“Was this REALLY South Africa?” barked a headline on www.walesonline.co.uk to a piece by
scribe Delme Parfitt in which he branded the Boks “virtually unrecognisable”
from supposed superpower of old as they succumbed 27-13 to Wales on Saturday to
complete an all-losses Test tour.
was, without a shadow of a doubt, the worst South Africa side ever to play in
Cardiff and possibly ever to play anywhere.
lack of threat, physicality and cohesion, and the number of errors they made
was breath-taking from a team representing such a proud rugby nation. It’s an
unimaginable transformation, and an extremely sad one as well.”
He added: “Of course it shouldn’t be any concern of Wales’s, but
it would be foolish not to put this win in its proper context.
“When Wales beat the Boks in 2014 it really meant something, it
was a prized southern hemisphere scalp and a victory to be cherished in the
record books. This, however, was not the real deal … in fact it was hollow.
“Sure, Wales could only beat what was in front of them. But it
wasn’t the real South Africa, not by a long chalk.”
the London-based Sunday Telegraph (www.Telegraph.co.uk) summed up the low standard
of the game, despite the pretty clear-cut nature of the Welsh triumph.
plenty about where Wales have been this last month, as well as the utterly
appalling quality of the South Africans, that the final whistle was greeted
with as much of a sigh of relief as a cheer of euphoria.
praise (for the hosts) must be made with a sizeable acknowledgement to the rank
mediocrity they were facing.
must be one of the worst South Africa teams to tour these islands … a pathetic
impression of everything the Springboks represent. They are fully deserving of
the ignominy of losing a record eight Tests in a calendar year for their
Coetzee, the coach, will be sacked (not guaranteed yet – Sport24); in fact, he
will be lucky even to make the journey home without finding a P45 (certificate
issued in UK at termination of employment) stuffed in his menu on the
there are bigger problems in Springbok rugby than the identity of the coach,
but … goodness knows where South Africa go from here.”
The Guardian (www.theguardian.com) said the Boks
“continue to plumb new depths …a youthful team were so redundant throughout.
“Under Coetzee’s watch, South Africa have now made history
by losing eight Tests in a calendar year and they have failed to win on their
(end-of-year) tour for the first time since 2002.
“It was a third win over the southern hemisphere’s ‘big
three’ in 33 attempts for Wales, but that is a group the Springboks may not
still be part of for long.
“Truth be told, South Africa’s problems go well beyond
Coetzee, even if he may be the fall-guy.
“There has been a mass exodus of players to line their
pockets in Europe or Japan and the domestic infrastructure is horribly
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