South Africa were easily put to the sword by England.
South African are one of the proudest rugby nations on the planet. Traditionally built around massive packs and out-halves who had sniper like precision from the boot, the Springboks would dismantle teams with brute physicality.
This particular South African side has many of those traditional traits, but lack leadership both on and off the field and there doesn’t appear to be too much by the way of morale.
Tactically the Springboks looked all at sea against England, outside of using their big backrow to get over the gain line, they showed little going forward.
Pat Lambie’s willingness to kick the ball when other options presented themselves demonstrated their lack of ambition in attack, while two of England’s tries came from Ben Youngs beating Pieter-Steph du Toit on the fringes.
That’s not to take away from England’s win, they can only beat what’s in front of them, but the Springboks offered very limited resistance in the second half.
In fact, had it not been for England’s ill discipline, the Springboks’ morale may have even collapsed in the first half.
South Africa certainly have the ability to bounce back in the coming year, but if politics continues to influence selection, then the road back will be long and arduous.
There is a higher chance of Jacob Zuma stepping down than the Springboks winning a rugby match. #ENGvRSA
— Luke Waltham (@lukewaltham) November 12, 2016
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— Clyde Hendricks (@Keegan_Clyde) November 12, 2016
Ben Youngs shop is stocked full of Dummies today and the Springboks backline are his best customers #ENGvRSA
— Jermaine Grossett (@Jem_G1) November 12, 2016
#Springboks when last u think our boys smiled off the field… Coaches need to be father figures.. Doubt ours is!!
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