Australian rugby critic Spiros Zavos has branded the Boks the ‘rednecks’ of the Tri Nations.
Zavos questioned how much the Wallabies had improved since their 20 point defeat against the All Blacks. He wrote the Boks offered so little it was premature to start celebrating a Wallabies revival.
Zavos continued: “During the Boer War the Afrikaners nicknamed British troops “rednecks”, for the way their pale skin burnt in the fierce African sun. In rugby terms, in their inability to adjust to different conditions away from home, the Springboks are the “rednecks” of Tri Nations rugby.
“They have won only twice in Australia since the tournament began in 1996. They have won only one Tri Nations Test in New Zealand, in 1998.
“So in considering the merit of the Wallabies’ performance, this inability of the Springboks to win away from home has to be put into calculations.
“So, too, does their recent poor form. They scrapped through home victories against a Barbarians side and Scotland. Then they were thrashed by France. Now the Wallabies have recorded their biggest victory against them in Tests going back to 1921.
“The Springboks were so inept they probably made the Wallabies look better than they actually are right now. Don’t pop the champagne corks yet.”