The UK and Ireland tour is a big deal for southern hemisphere sides – which means winning is a big deal. So when we watched the Springboks come back and beat Wales over the weekend most of us rejoiced and celebrated a good win. Not only that but it meant that we had now beaten Ireland and Wales in the first two matches of our overseas tour, giving us a great start and building the confidence amongst the players, old and young alike.
It has definitely not been plain sailing for the Boks and, if we were not clawing the Welsh back from behind, we were defending a rampant Irish team. A lot has been asked about the team and how we let the Welsh get so far ahead and how we almost lost it against the Irish; it makes you wonder if the new players are not ready to step up or if the old players have either past their expiry dates or need a wake-up call.
We can’t harp on the negatives though because, in reality, we did a great job of winning the games. Our defence stood strong and we scored when we needed to; even though we lost valuable points with botched tries and missed penalties – another reason why the wins were impressive.
We now have Scotland and England left with England being the tough match of the tour. I feel good about the tour because even though we have not looked great, we have won, so now I wait until we watch a Springbok team in full flight.