The Springbok team, still smarting from a shock loss this past weekend, have reverted to a full-strength matchday squad in what will be a must-win Test against Wales in Cape Town on Saturday.
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No one could have predicted what has transpired over the first two Tests in the series against Wales.
Initially, the Springboks were expected to claim a comfortable victory in the opening encounter between the two teams, but ultimately had to rely on a late penalty to avoid an embarrassing loss.
The coaches then rolled the dice by taking a massive gamble in overhauling the entire squad for the second Test, with just three players retaining their place in the Boks’ match-23.
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Such a radical selection led to an understandably disjointed performance, as well as a historic first-ever loss to Wales in South Africa.
Soon after that match concluded, Schalk Burger Snr., who played six Tests for the Springboks between 1984 and 1986, took to social media with a critical post that read as follows:
“If you listen to the Coach, the Captain and the Director of Rugby of SA Rugby and you see how they perform then you know someshere (somehwere) there is either showboating or we are much weaker than we think we are – no structure, coaching or game skills sad to say – RWC only a year away!”
Erasmus, noted the comment, responding below:
Noted Oom Schalk thanks for your opinion it counts a lot
https://t.co/o8A05uXgly — Rassie Erasmus (@RassieRugby) July 12, 2022
Schalk Burger Snr made his Springbok debut in 1984 against England
Burger again took to Twitter after the reply from Erasmus, stating his belief that there was a big difference between the amateur and professional system.
“Rassie, SARU, your employer, does not recognise Springboks pre 1992,” Burger Snr. wrote. “When amateurs played for the sake of ethos tradition and country during trying times, winning made us an adored team, we respected countries, teams and players, we all subscribed to building tradition not caps!”
Rassie, SARU, your employer, does not recognise Springboks pre 1992, when amateurs played for the sake of ethos tradition and country during trying times, winning made us an adored team, we respected countries, teams and players, we all subscribed to building tradition not caps! https://t.co/xBGvPY6GSW — Schalk Burger Snr not Schalk jnr (@skalabrak) July 13, 2022