Ken Borland
Sports Journalist
3 minute read
15 May 2021
7:34 am

Boks-Lions series: ‘The opinion of a sheep; Regards, Rassie’

Ken Borland

However, the Springboks have chosen substance over style and they have the World Cup and the No 1 ranking to show that they are currently the team to beat.

Rassie Erasmus (left) and Jacques Nienaber will have to think smartly about preparing the Springboks for the challenge of the Lions. Picture: Gallo Images

There has been much talk lately as regards the prospects of the world champion Springboks as they return to action in July, but we should probably ignore the extreme views of certain bitter New Zealanders who have denigrated South African rugby and also those of local journalists who have arrogantly predicted a 3-0 whitewash of the British and Irish Lions. The familiar Bok-bashing from the Antipodes made many people in South Africa very angry, especially the suggestion that the Springboks won the World Cup due to a “helpful schedule”. I don’t remember too many people from New Zealand thinking anyone...