Rassie Erasmus leaks another video after Boks’ series with Wales
Rassie Erasmus has been at it again, with a new video being shared online following South Africa’s 2-1 series win over Wales.
Now this video is not the same as last year’s legendary hour long epic, as this is a team talk that he gave to the squad after the second Test loss to Wales. In the talk he explains how much the coaches and players learned from that match, where there were 14 changes made from the first Test, regardless of the one point losing margin.
However, shrouded in this speech is still a subtle dig at the officiating of the second Test. Criticising the officials is the South Africa director of rugby’s forte and he is still serving his matchday ban following the video last year, and he clearly could not resist just a gentle prod in this video as well.
Of course, this video was released after the series rather than smack bang in the middle, but he still says that he thought that “it was a penalty” in the last minute of the match in Bloemfontein from a scrum which was not awarded.
This might seem like an innocuous video, but Erasmus is a very clever man, and he knows what he is doing when he shares something like that. Alongside the video he had this caption as well: “It hurts so bad when losing a Test, but what we learned about the players and their character under trying circumstances with a little over a year to the RWC was invaluable. “Its never fun getting a loss next to your team in a Test match. Its really not lekka!”
Take a look at the video:
It hurts so bad when losing a Test, but what we learned about the players and their character under trying circumstances with a little over a year to the RWC was invaluable. “Its never fun getting a loss next to your team in a Test match. Its really not lekka!” pic.twitter.com/Rc1Wfi6o0V
— Rassie Erasmus (@RassieRugby) July 18, 2022
The Springboks have roughly three weeks to recover from the series win over Wales and prepare for the Rugby Championship, which begins for them with a double header against the reigning champions the All Blacks, who will be reeling following a series loss to Ireland.