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Erasmus Heavily Criticised For ‘Ruthless’ Substitution

The honeymoon period of Rassie Erasmus’ time in charge of the Springboks looks to be well and truly over as the former Munster Director of Rugby has overseen two disappointing back-to-back defeats to Argentina and most recently, the Wallabies. 

South Africa were 7-15 in front during the first half at the Suncorp Stadium but a litany of unforced errors saw the Wallabies claw back the deficit to ultimately emerge 23-18 winners.

The Springboks coughed up some simple tries and the most glaring one was the passage of play which saw Matt Toomua touch down underneath the posts.

South Africa had a lineout deep within their own 22 but hooker Mbongeni Mbonami overcooked the throw which saw Toomua pick the ball up and run in under the posts.

The decision to start Mbonami was a controversial one with many believing Malcolm Marx should have started that game.

However, after that lineout malfunction, Erasmus decided to substitute Mbonami, just 35 minutes into the game – a decision which was criticised by many on social media.

 

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Author: Sean McMahon

Sean is Deputy Editor and head rugby writer. You can contact him by email seanmc@punditarena.com or on Twitter