WOUNDED SPRINGBOKS TO LOCK HORNS WITH LOS PUMAS
By: Nkosinathi Dube
The South African rugby team, who has lost both their matches in the rugby championship, will be hoping to put the losses behind them when they face Argentina in Durban.
The Springbok’s preparations ahead of the IRB World Cup started on a bad note when they narrowly lost their first match of the rugby championship to Australia. The Wallabies scored a try in the dying minutes of the match clinching a 24-20 win in Brisbane on July 18.
Last Saturday, the Springboks played New Zealand at Ellis Park but they went down 27-20 with the All Blacks dominating the last few minutes of the match, scoring a try and a penalty.
There are mixed reactions among rugby fans about the national squad’s chances of making an impact at the World Cup.
Rugby fan and local club Berea Rovers flank, Elton Snyman said that if the coach started appreciating young talent and combined these players with
experienced Boks, the team would go far in the tournament.
“The team is missing leadership on the field with Captain Jean de Villiers nursing an injury, Meyer will have to make tough choices,” he said.
Dylan Theron, a fan, gave the Springboks a 60% chance of making a huge impact in the World Cup.
“Losing is part of sport but I don’t see them reclaiming their 2007 World Cup glory,” he said.
The Boks will play the Pumas on August 8 at Growthpoint Kings Park Stadium in Durban.