SA and NZ media react to Boks’ triumph

SA and NZ media react to Boks’ triumph

The Springboks recovered from a crescendo of criticism over their three consecutive defeats to inflict the All Blacks’ first defeat in The Rugby Championship and stamp their authority as world champions.

South Africa is finally going home after a challenging ‘bio-bubble life’ in Australia to end the tournament on an impressive note after a last minute penalty from Elton Jantjies capped an epic 31-29 win over the Gold Coast .

It was a redemption for Jacques Nienaber’s Boks after being castigated by the rugby world a week earlier and written off as the instigators of anti-rugby and killing the game.

“It doesn’t matter the three defeats they have had in the Rugby Championship prior to this match. Don’t mind the setbacks. With this one performance, the Springboks expressed their authority as world champions,” said Wynona Louw of the IOL.

“They stuck to their traditional strengths, with their pack putting in a great performance, their lineout, despite a few glitches, generally worked out a treat and their maul was a beautiful sight. Their kick game was good.

And one of the most pleasing stats to see was the yards and carries department, where the Boks clocked 378 yards compared to the Kiwis’ 312 and 86 to their 82. Not only that, but the tackle stats were telling too – 120 compared to the 109 of the South Africans.”

Writing in Super Sport, Brenden Nel emphasized the Springboks’ resilience to fight back after all their adversity on tour.

Elton Jantjies produced the sweetest sound since the start of the pandemic for South African fans as his boot kissed the rugby ball and drove home an 82-minute penalty to give his side a famously epic victory over the All Blacks. Nel.

“The Boks have been living in a bio-bubble for 18 weeks, including a Covid outbreak, a Lions [series] and a strict 14-day Australian quarantine.

“After Australia and New Zealand lost on 78th minute penalties and a poor performance in Brisbane, and denounced and written off by the rugby world as anti-rugby and killing the game, the players in the Green and Gold got up and stood on long.

“The immense, never-ending spirit that brought this side to a World Cup and a Lions series win re-emerged in the toughest of times, against the odds, and brought them home.”

Mike Greenaway of the IOL typed his agreement: “There was no more heartbreak for the Springboks as they scraped their way to an epic win over the All Blacks to end a three-game losing streak and cement the fact that she is very much a champion side.

“The Boks are now returning to South Africa with their heads held high and with so many critics all over the world silenced due to the unrelenting criticism that the Boks are a dull side.

“Well, even the most insane adrenaline junkie couldn’t have found anything boring about this cliffhanger.”

Gavin Rich, in Super Sport, said it was a decisive change in strategy and tactics by coach Nienaber, with more ball in hand, that was the springboard for the Springboks’ morale-boosting victory.

“The Boks have been the target of continued, scant criticism since they beat the British and Irish Lions in the iconic series completed seven weeks ago, with many denouncing them as boring and saying they were anti-rugby for the way they played. trusted. so heavy on arguably kicking,” Rich said.

“However, in the match at CBUS Stadium, such as in the Rugby World Cup final against England in the World Cup final almost two years ago, the Boks seemed to change their strategy by attacking more with the ball in hand.

“Although they still kicked 28 times, they had more running yards in the game than the All Blacks, which doesn’t happen often against the Kiwis.”

Springboks fighter No.8 Duane Vermeulen gave some insight into the camp pressures of the weeks in lockdown in Queensland, culminating in a mentally challenging time for members of the touring party.

“You’ve got the public and the media that have their opinion about what we’re doing on tour and the things we’re going through, but if you’re not here, you don’t really understand what we’re going through,” he said. “It’s difficult. People say it’s your job and whatever, and we don’t listen to the public’s opinion, but it’s not as easy as people think,” said Vermeulen, the final of the 2019 FIFA World Cup. competition for the Springboks.

“You are away from home, away from your family, you don’t see your children. There are a lot of guys who have kids and you don’t spend time with them and that is vital to your mental state and where you are as a person and as a player. It’s hard to be away from home and we had our challenges with the team.

“You have to keep adapting to what is thrown at us and sometimes it is difficult and we miss it a bit. But in the end we got it all together and we walk away with a win at the end of our tour.”

New Zealand rugby experts praised the Springboks for their bravado and guts.
“Well done, Springboks,” roasted Marc Hinton in stuff.co.nz.

“The All Blacks may have won the rugby championship, but the rugged, competitive, spirited South Africans won the final battle to send a resounding message on a number of fronts with a victory that will be long remembered.

“Yes, they play their style of rugby, based heavily on defensive pressure and the kick-and-chat game, but they do it so well that there has to be a place for it in modern rugby.

“It just has to be there. You don’t get Test matches like this, so competitive, so close and so engaging, without having a few teams that are very good at what they do. And they don’t have to be very good at the same things.”

Gregor Paul of the New Zealand Herald surmised: “If the All Blacks are honest they will know they didn’t deserve to make another late breakaway against the Springboks.

“They held out for most of the second half – they got beat up at the tackle, scrum, lineout and they looked drunk and unable to escape.

“They almost did. They lasted almost long enough to show that they learned the wonderful and priceless art of winning when they didn’t do enough to earn it.

“But South Africa, who were quite brilliant for 80 minutes, were able to use their incredible attackers to take the win in the last minute with a great driving maul.”

All Blacks coach Ian Foster said the Springboks confused his team in the second half of the dogfight.

“We are bitterly disappointed,” Foster said. “It’s frustrating when you have it under control, but it was a huge arm struggle. The South Africans played excellent.

“They came with a lot of attitude; they wore hard, they moved us and challenged us in many ways. They had a really strong third quarter and confused us a little bit.”

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