Heyneke Meyer (AP)
Cape Town - South Africa's Minister of Sport and Recreation, Fikile Mbalula, has warned the Springboks to redeem themselves against Samoa on Saturday.
Mbalula, who was speaking at the opening of the South Africa's Indigenous Games on Sunday, addressed the Springbok coach and team during his opening speech.
In a video posted on his Twitter account, captioned "To our Rugby coach please lead our team, they must represent us and make us proud", Mbalula said that he had called Heyneke Meyer following the Springboks dramatic 34-32 loss to Japan on Saturday.
"Mr Heyneke Meyer and your team please represent South Africa and make us proud," said Mbalula.
"What I saw yesterday was not the Springboks I know.
"I phoned the coach and I told him 'we are a nation of fighters'.
"Next game I want to see the Springboks otherwise they will be nothing else but a bunch of losers, who failed to represent the country."
South Africa face Samoa in their second Pool B match at Villa Park. The match kicks off at 17:45.
Mbalula's twitter video: