It seems a little unfair, although perhaps a little necessary, that with the afterglow of beating the All Blacks yet to fade, that the world of rugby chose to remind SA of one of its lowest days when a two-point margin went against them. On Wednesday, exactly three years ago, the Springboks lost to Japan at the 2015 World Cup. A reminder, should you need it, that the Springboks lost 34-32 to Japan in Brighton. Just two points. The loss was the symptom of so many things that were wrong with the country’s rugby. The administration officials were politicking hard with themselves and any politician with air time and an opinion to share. Sponsors were thin on the ground. Confidence on the field came and went in waves. And then the Springboks made the semifinal against the All Blacks. Hope sprung eternal. Handré Pollard was successful with five from five penalties in that semifinal, while Pat Lambie got the other as the Springboks fell just two points shy in a 20-18 loss. Just two points....

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