DURBAN – All Blacks coach Steve Hansen’s jab at his Springbok counterpart Rassie Erasmus on account of the latter’s joust at tomorrow’s match in Yokohama has merit, in my estimation.
I just don’t think it was necessary for the Boks to surrender the moral high ground that has been there this year since they came back from the dead last year to re-ignite the rivalry between the countries.
The rivalry is back to its very best, the world is talking about the Boks as the favourites to win the Webb Ellis Cup and the country of New Zealand is all a sweat.
England’s best rugby writers, Stephen Jones and Stuart Barnes, have been waxing on about how good the Boks are and how they are the team to beat in Japan.
All has been rosy as far as the Boks are concerned, so I was perplexed as to why the coach took a very premeditated go at French Referee Jerome Garces ...