YOKOHAMA – Trevor Nyakane's likely Rugby World Cup exit will add insult to injury for the wounded Springboks after Saturday’s 23-13 defeat to the All Blacks.
Immediately after the clash, the Boks' worst fears were confirmed when coach Rassie Erasmus revealed that Nyakane had suffered what is suspected to be a serious leg injury.
Even as Nyakane limped off late in the game, the emotion on his face seemed to reveal that his World Cup was run before it had even really begun.
The powerful prop, who many believed deserved to be starting ahead of Frans Malherbe, had come into the game under an injury cloud after twisting his knee in a warm-up game against Japan.
The Boks will now most likely bid farewell to the affable front-rower, while unpacking where it all went wrong on Saturday.