Having endured 80 minutes of some of the worst rugby I have ever watched the Springboks play on Saturday morning, with all credit to New Zealand for showing the kind of ruthlessness that the best Springbok side has never shown, it definitely made its way onto my list as one of the worst Springbok test matches. So naturally I thought what could more depressing than listing, in my opinion, the five worst Springbok tests of all time (That I can remember):
5 – Italy 20-18 South Africa
2016 was a truly forgettable year for SA Rugby but it was ultimately capped off when a starting XV featuring 509 test caps was meant to get the one sure win of the tour. Instead, a dour 80 minutes produced the lowest low of the lowest year in Springbok rugby.
4 – England 53-3 South Africa
This was supposed to be the lowest moment of the Straueli reign but later came camp Staldraad. This was a game where South Africa established ourselves as the bullies of world rugby by employing a range of brutality that was not in line with the values of our rugby nation. We failed at it spectacularly with penalty after penalty and were fortunate to only concede one red card to Labuschagne. It was unforgettable for all the wrong reasons and our record defeat until Saturday.
3 – Australia 49-0 South Africa
This was the first time South Africa have ever failed to register a point in Test match rugby. It was the heaviest defeat in Tri-Nations history. It was the second-heaviest defeat in Springbok history, the margin just a point shy of the England defeat above. It led to JAke White being summoned home to explain himself and many predicting that he would get the sack! Of course, this was also just a year before we won the World Cup so is somewhat forgiven against Jake White!
2 – New Zealand 57-0 South Africa
It was horrible, it was painful and the worst part of it all was New Zealand bemoaned a number of mistakes they made. In 3 matches against the All Blacks, Allister Coetzee has taken three hidings and unfortunately, it does not look like there is a ray of sunshine around the corner.
1 – Japan 34-32 South Africa
Although at present Allister can take some respite. He has not lost to Japan, in a World Cup, on the biggest stage. The most haunting day in South African rugby history when the Japanese basically toyed with us!