The Springboks’ northern hemisphere tour has already descended into a fiasco one game into the four-match itinerary as the tourists inflicted almost comical self-harm against England at Twickenham. Losing 12-11 to England has put the entire trek through the grey cities and damp fields of Britain and France on the back foot because England was the main match of the tour. Losing it was a rugby disaster. The loss was also a fiasco from referee Angus Gardner’s point of view, after his spineless decision not to award the Boks a legitimate penalty after the final hooter, when Owen Farrell shoulder-charged André Esterhuizen into next week, to the Boks’ own ham-fisted. But even if Gardner had not been so invertebrate and awarded the penalty, Handré Pollard still had to slot it. The fact is England should have been dead and buried by half-time, such was the Boks’ dominance. The tourists did everything but round off the numerous chances they created. And that is the infuriating thing with thi...

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