Springboks fly-halves Handre Pollard and Manie Libbok

Handre Pollard’s presence in the Springboks vs Tonga game has been credited to Manie Libbok’s performance.
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Healthy competition? Springboks fans credit Pollard for Libbok’s performance

Another strategy by Rassie? Springboks fans have credited Handre Pollard’s presence for helping Manie Libbok perform under pressure.

Springboks fly-halves Handre Pollard and Manie Libbok

Handre Pollard’s presence in the Springboks vs Tonga game has been credited to Manie Libbok’s performance.
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@springboks

While Manie Libbok is undoubtedly a star in his own right, Springbok fans have credited the presence of his “competition” Handre Pollard for helping him perform under pressure.

The famous fly-half was praised for his impressive play in South Africa’s Rugby World Cup clash against Tonga on Sunday, 1 October.

The Boks defeated their opponents 49-18 in their final Pool B game. However, it will be a waiting game to determine if they proceed to the quarter-finals following an Ireland vs Scotland clash next weekend.

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HANDRE POLLARD CREDITED FOR MANIE LIBBOK’S PERFORMANCE

Manie Libbok and Handre Pollard were trending topics on social media amid the Springboks vs Tonga game. 

Handre – who scored four conversions – played for the first 50 minutes of the game, while Manie came in thereafter to substitute him, scoring three conversions.

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According to Twitter or X users, Libbok worked well under pressure, likely because of the presence of his fellow Springbok, whom many have compared him to.

Others claim this was a “strategic move” by SA Rugby’s Rassie Erasmus and Springboks coach Jacques Nienaber.

Here’s what tweeps had to say…

https://twitter.com/LFCReasons/status/1708574726996517355

ADVICE FROM THE OG

Ahead of their defeat against Tonga, Handre Pollard spoke about his fellow Springbok Manie Libbok being unfairly criticised over his performance last week.

Pollard – who was called up last week following an injury rehabilitation – did his best to squash the social media comments. He was also notably sensitive to his teammate’s feelings.

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He told Rugby Pass: “Of course, there is a lot of heat on all the kickers at the moment for the last few games. But if you had to see the amount of work those guys put in every single day, you would know that it is going to come right any day”.

Pollard praised Libbok, adding that he was happy to offer any assistance if need be.

He said: “I don’t speak to Manie too much about it because I know it is a personal thing, kicking. Once there are too many voices, it can be very distracting.

“I am always there for him if he needs any help, but he is in good hands, and he is really looking good and confident in training, so I’m sure it will come right.”