'Horrendous showing': Springbok fans come to uncomfortable realisation after Ireland defeat
The last time the Springboks travelled to Dublin they suffered a heavy 38-3 defeat five years ago, but this time things were different as the visitors came as World Cup holders.
South African fans had high expectations that the result in Dublin would be reversed to help prove their credibility as World Cup champions.
After failing to capture the Rugby Championship for two years running, knocking off the No 1 side at home would be a powerful statement for the Springboks.
After a tense opening half locked at 6-all it was Ireland who started strong with back-to-back tries in the second half to build a 16-6 lead, a deficit too much for the visitors to overcome.
Springbok fans vented online at the ‘horrendous showing’ with some coming to an uncomfortable realisation – that the side may have been lucky during their World Cup run.
One fan wrote “that World Cup win was a fluke and we all know it” after watching Ireland hold on for a 19-16 victory, which was South Africa’s ninth loss since becoming champions.
Quite a horrendous showing from the Springboks.
Great rush defense, but at some point you have to be clinical on attack too. Maul completely nullified this year. That 1st test against the All Blacks in Nelspruit seems like a total fluke.#IREvRSA #SSRugby
— Wim Pretorius (@Wimster101) November 5, 2022
I think it's time we fired the entire coaching staff. That world cup win was a fluke and we all know it. Their game plan tactics are pathetic, similar to the Sharks & that's why they are also pathetic in the URC
— Sabelo Vladimir Mahaye (@Sabelo_Mahaye) November 5, 2022
Ridiculous. Our boys have been on prep and rest since the rugby championship and we still haven't fixed the errors
— shivesh (@shivesh200597) November 5, 2022
Honestly WTAF are we doing? Ball doesn’t get to the wings. Players watch the Irish tuck the ball. I man FFS wake up!!! Irish are laying a mega game but we are helping them!
— CraigV (@CraigVee) November 5, 2022
@RassieRugby How do you go into a test match with out a recognized 10. We lost the game because of that. We were not good but we could have won.
— Marthinus (@Marthinus_1978) November 5, 2022
You guys can’t play like this the entire tour. Get a proper Flyhalf. Not this nonsense you are trying to play.
— Tlou Letebele 🐘 (@binkekana) November 5, 2022
We went there and gave Ireland the win giving them 12 points. But yeah well played Ireland, was a good match.
— Clibo One (@Clibo01) November 5, 2022
The Irish pack largely stood up to the Springboks at set-piece time, demolishing them at the scrum a couple of times and disarming the famed rolling maul.
After introducing a new front row, South Africa conceded a penalty with the first scrum with their fresh forwards.
Ireland gained the upper hand up front and laid the platform for their win with the opening try to Josh van der Flier who squeezed the ball down from the back of the maul.
Ireland just mauled SA and won a penalty off the resulting scrum. Big energy
— Pump Attendant (@PumpAttendant) November 5, 2022
Watching South African coverage who said Andrew Porter was a major weakness in the scrum pre game. Hope they are enjoying these scrum penalties for Ireland 😂
— Alan Meaney (@AlanMeaney) November 5, 2022
Ireland should take a LOT of confidence in this game. They came very close to matching the Springboks up front, neutralized their rolling maul, stole a clutch lineout, won some (questionable) scrum penalties and stopped the Springbok big ball carriers.
Massive for 2023!
— Thala Msutu (@ThalaMsutu77) November 5, 2022
Definitely some missed forward passes in the build up to both Ireland tries and some interesting scrum penalties. But otherwise ref was great. No point blaming him. I’m more worried about our game plan that hasn’t progressed since 2019.
— Dean Oelschig (@DeanOelsch) November 5, 2022
As has become a standard reaction from many South African fans, some naturally turned on the referee to lay blame for the result with claims Ireland got away with forward passes and ‘incorrect’ scrum penalties.
Both Irelands tries were incorrectly awarded. First try, scrum penalty should have been @Springboks. Second try there was a forward pass between Ireland’s props. And I noticed that without any expert analysis. @WorldRugby do better.
— GimpelTheFool (@Gimpel_theFool) November 5, 2022
Porter changing his bind 3 times and brings the maul down illegally and Ireland get awarded the scrum. What are these referees watching? #IREvRSA
— James Oliver (@coachjdoliver) November 5, 2022
Not going to lie mate…..SA would have won that with a better functioning 10 and a more competent referee. Lots of scrum penalties inexplicably went Ireland's way along with a few other gaffes
— CM (@colinmehigan) November 5, 2022
Dodgy scrum penalty and clear forward pass in the lead-up to that penalty and then Ireland maul try.
— Simon Borchardt (@SimonBorchardt) November 5, 2022
Springbok captain Siya Kolisi praised the Irish defence who ‘stopped the maul’ from the very beginning and caused issues at the scrum.
“I thought Ireland played really well and they deserved the victory today,” Kolisi said.
“Our maul was stopped from the word go and then obviously our scrums can be much better. We normally dominate in those instances and I thought Ireland were really good.
“They came prepared, they knew our maul was one of our key things and they made plans to stop that.
“In the Rugby Championship we created so many opportunities and we didn’t take them and the same thing happened today.
“When you play against a team like this with so little, they had two opportunities and scored a try in both of them.”