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Rassie Erasmus snaps at All Blacks boss. Photo: Samuel Shivambu/BackpagePix.

Rassie Erasmus hits back at All Blacks boss Ian Foster

Rassie Erasmus has responded to Ian Foster in the best possible way after the All Blacks coach bizarrely criticised the Springboks and Ireland.

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Rassie Erasmus snaps at All Blacks boss. Photo: Samuel Shivambu/BackpagePix.

SA Rugby’s director of rugby Rassie Erasmus has taken issue with Ian Foster on what type of rugby game is a better watch, after the All Blacks coach was critical of some elements of the epic Ireland win over the Springboks.

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Speaking after the All Blacks scored 14 tries to demolish Italy and earn a crucial bonus-point victory, Foster suggested that rugby fanatics would much rather watch an open game with plenty of tries, than a high-intensity, gritty match between two of international rugby’s best teams, as was the case in the two-try Pool B game between Ireland and the Springboks.

“If you look at the South Africa-Ireland game, it was a different game of rugby,” Foster said.

“The ball was in play for 27 minutes throughout the whole game. It was a very stop-start game, very physical, very combative.

“You saw a different spectacle tonight and at some point the world has got to decide which game it would rather watch.”

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A video Foster’s bizarre post-match statement went viral on social media, presenting Rassie Erasmus with a perfect opportunity to respond via his official X (formerly Twitter) account.

“Ian always a straight shooter and say it as it is! Have respect for him since he coached the Chiefs,” Erasmus posted.

“But I think 2 min more ball in play and a epic battle between Ireland and the Boks is the game I would rather watch! (while saying that, your boys were crisp and clinical).”

Never one to pick a fight without the necessary weaponry, Rassie Erasmus added receipts to back up his argument.

He added two graphics in his post, one highlighting the one-sided nature of New Zealand’s victory over Italy, compared to the the other one which illustrated just how closely-fought the battle between the Boks and Ireland were.

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While Rassie Erasmus has gone to great lengths to talk up the challenge of facing Tonga, bookmakers can only see one winner. Photo: SA Rugby