Lood de Jager of the Springboks competes in the line out during the Rugby Championship match against the All Blacks at QCB Stadium in Townsville, Australia, September 25 2021. Picture: MATT ROBERTS/GETTY IMAGES
Lood de Jager of the Springboks competes in the line out during the Rugby Championship match against the All Blacks at QCB Stadium in Townsville, Australia, September 25 2021. Picture: MATT ROBERTS/GETTY IMAGES

Gavin Rich’s most recent “Ruck ’n Roll” column was an invigorating read (“In context, SA rugby is looking good”, October 10). However, there were not enough accolades for the men in green and gold.

The Boks not only trounced the British & Irish Lions, but were outstanding in every department against the All Blacks, except for the placekicking. The New Zealanders did not have a solution to our scrums, nor the loose ruck.

Considering that SA lost a year due to the pandemic, they are not off the pace at all. In fact, it is the rest of the world that needs to play at the Boks’ tempo.

Forget Australia, they will be beaten again by New Zealand and the Lions (when they play). Our offloads and physicality in the game are unmatched in the rugby world.

Nathan Cheiman
Northcliff

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