We have no option but to drop our unrealistic expectations of the team in green and gold ANOTHER week, another low point for South African rugby. In my column last week, I wrote that the Springboks‘ “share price” was being artificially propped up by a hope borne of the history of the jersey. And I quoted Red, the character played by Morgan Freeman in The Shawshank Redemption, as saying: “Hope is a dangerous thing.”What I left out was the second part of that quote: “Hope can drive a man insane.”So as disappointed, angry, frustrated and depressed as you may be after this weekend‘s low point, at least you have less reason to be insane. The sooner we get a realistic appraisal of where we are, the sooner we will appreciate the work that is needed to change it.When South Africa loses to Japan, Argentina, Ireland at home, Italy, and has record defeats along the way, that hope and history are taken away, leaving us with no option but to change.I hope the change comes at the system level, h...

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