Brian O’Driscoll urges Rassie Erasmus to be careful with Jose Mourinho tactics

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Brian O’Driscoll has cautioned Rassie Erasmus over his Jose Mourinho-style tactics in which he directs attention away from his players and onto himself.

South Africa director of rugby Erasmus has been at the centre of much media attention due to his unorthodox behaviour on Twitter, after the Springboks’ loss to the Lions in the first test.

Former Lions captain O’Driscoll was speaking to Jamie Roberts for the Daily Mail and argued that if South Africa lose again this Saturday Erasmus could be setting himself up for intense scrutiny.

Brian O’Driscoll on Rassie Erasmus.

“I don’t get it at all. He’s the World Cup-winning coach. He’s better than that,” O’Driscoll said.

“The problem is if they lose again… there’s only so many goes you have at taking the flak yourself. In South Africa, they’ll forget past victories quickly if you lose a series 2-0 or 3-0.

“You have to be careful if your tack is doing the Jose Mourinho thing of you being the sound-bite or the story, rather than your players’ lack of performance.”

The pressure is firmly on the Springboks in the second test.

The Springboks would have felt confident heading into the first test after South Africa ‘A’ got the better of the Lions in a warm-up match, but the pressure is now firmly on the hosts after losing the first test.

South Africa were far better than the Lions in the first half last Saturday, but they seemed to tire as the game went on and ultimately lost the second half by 14 points to hand the tourists a 1-0 lead in the series.

The Lions haven’t won a test series within the first two tests since the 1997 series against South Africa, which is something the Springboks will be desperate to avoid this time around.

Both the Springboks and the Lions have made three changes to their starting teams for the second test, but the most important change is arguably on the hosts’ bench, where they have opted for a 6/2 forwards/backs split.

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