Springboks thrashed by the All

CHRISTCHURCH, NEW ZEALAND – SEPTEMBER 17: Ardie Savea of the All Blacks dives over to score a try during the Rugby Championship match between the New Zealand All Blacks and the South Africa Springboks at AMI Stadium on September 17, 2016 in Christchurch, New Zealand. (Photo by Phil Walter/Getty Images)

Springboks thrashed by the All Blacks: What the papers say

Allister Coetzee’s under-fire side suffered another setback as New Zealand plundered a hat-full of late points to record a 41-13 demolition. Here’s a wrap of what the papers have to say.

Springboks thrashed by the All

CHRISTCHURCH, NEW ZEALAND – SEPTEMBER 17: Ardie Savea of the All Blacks dives over to score a try during the Rugby Championship match between the New Zealand All Blacks and the South Africa Springboks at AMI Stadium on September 17, 2016 in Christchurch, New Zealand. (Photo by Phil Walter/Getty Images)

Allister Coetzee’s under-fire side suffered another setback Down Under, as New Zealand plundered a hat-full of late points to record a 41-13 demolition on Saturday. Here’s a wrap of what the papers have to say from both sides of the planet. All set? Ok, deep breath…

Not only did the Springboks lose out on Saturday, so did the game itself, according to New Zealand Herald columnist Chris Rattue. “Hopelessly naïve” came the damning verdict of the Boks’ latest attempt at Test rugby. In a further crushing defeat for jingoism, Rattue also slates the number of refereeing decisions that favoured the world’s best side yet again, but: “Take all those decisions away, and the ‘Boks would still have been crushed.” Ouch.

You know you’re in the doldrums when your foe takes to patronising you like a junior youth club team in mis-matched kit that’s just been ripped apart by Paarl Boys’ High. Kiwi news site stuff.co.nz ruffled the collective South African hair with this: “Don’t be too quick to put the boot into the Boks. They tried, but simply were not good enough.”

Back on home shores, Times Live did see glimmers of positivity, albeit undermined by individual deficiencies including the “lackadaisical” Elton Jantjies and the “absent-minded” Johan Goosen.

Poor old Jantjies takes a further pasting on the iol.co.za site, although Ashfak Mohamed cites mitigating circumstances, namely: “Faf de Klerk’s indecisiveness at the breakdown, which made Jantjies’ life even more difficult… De Klerk doesn’t really assist his flyhalf in the tactical kicking stakes, and is not really a threat with ball-in-hand around the rucks either.”

EWN, meanwhile, carried the stinging thoughts of ex-Springbok Ray Mordt, who last played international rugby in 1984. “I don’t like being critical of the Springboks side,” he began, before continuing to be highly critical of the Springboks side.

Does anyone have anything remotely constructive to say? Anyone?! Well, Sport24’s Rob Houwing has a good old go and offers some musings on the soon-to-return Pat Lambie. Looks like it can’t come soon enough for Coetzee and his team.