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The Angry South African Twitter Reaction After Ireland Defeat

The Angry South African Twitter Reaction After Ireland Defeat
Michael Bolton
By Michael Bolton
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Springboks fans and pundits didn't hold back following their side's 19-16 defeat in the Ireland v South Africa Test tonight.

In a  match that had it all, it was Andy Farrell's side that edged a hugely physical encounter, in the first meeting between the sides in five years.

While there pundits from both countries thought Cheslin Kolbe was lucky to escape with just a yellow for his tip tackle on Mack Hansen in the first half, many South African fans were aggrieved with the refereeing of the game.

Ireland v South Africa: Boks Twitter up in arms

South Africa fans didn't hold back in their assessment of the side, particularly in the kicking side of the game. Perhaps our favourite tweet of the night came after a bit of gamemansmanship from Johnny Sexton in kicking that decisive penalty in the second half.


Lots of others pointed out the (clear) forward pass in the build-up to Mack Hansen's outstanding try.

However when the dust cleared, Boks twitter was mostly blaming its players and coaches for the loss to Ireland.

One player that came in for heavy criticism after the game is Damian Willemse, who made his first start at fly-half. Having shone in the URC for Stormers at full-back and centre, he had a disappointing display at ten.


Fly-half is a major issue for South Africa, and it showed today as Willemse handed kicking duties over to Cheslin Kolbe after 30 minutes, with Kolbe also playing an unfamiliar role at full-back after coming back from injury.


The reaction to Willemse's performance was brutal online, as many pundits and fans claim an alternative option at 10 may have swung the game in their favour.

In an extremely physical first half, there was little to separate the sides, with two penalties from Johnny Sexton and a penalty each from  Kolbe and Willemse saw the sides go in 6-6 at the interval.

Kolbe can see himself fortunate not to see red for a dangerous tip tackle on Mack Hansen.

The injury list for Andy Farrell will be of huge concern. Conor Murray left the field on his 100th appearance, while Stuart McCloskey’s horrible luck in international rugby continues as he left the field with a serious arm injury, while Tadhg Furlong was forced off at half-time.

Despite the injuries, Ireland came flying out of the blocks in the second half, a period in the game that Ireland have often struggled in. They had their first try through Josh Van Der Flier, as he did brilliantly to somehow get over from a maul that looked to be going out of play.

Their second try wasn’t long coming, with Hansen finishing off a brilliant team move, that all came from Hugo Keenan’s brilliant take in the air.

South Africa kept in the game through their powerful side, and had their first try through Franco Mostert with 15 minutes remaining as they attempted a late comeback.

A penalty from Sexton made it a two score game, but a brilliant try from Kurt-Lee Arendse made it a nervy finish as Ireland held on for a 19-16 victory over the world champions.

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5 November 2022; Garry Ringrose of Ireland is tackled by Damian de Allende, left, Cheslin Kolbe, 15, and Steven Kitshoff of South Africa during the Bank of Ireland Nations Series match between Ireland and South Africa at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin. Photo by Seb Daly/Sportsfile

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