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Rassie Erasmus points public apology and presents view on referee O’Keeffe

Springboks Director of Rugby Rassie Erasmus has shared a public apology on Twitter within the wake of South Africa’s 13-8 loss to Eire.

Expectations have been excessive for the Springboks after using a six-game profitable streak into the extremely anticipated conflict with the world’s primary ranked facet.

However the defending champions fell quick in a gladitorial battle the place defence restricted either side to a strive apiece.

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Goal kicking separated the two sides with scrumhalf Faf de Klerk missing two long-range attempts inside his own half and flyhalf Mannie Libbok missing one conversion and one penalty.

Ireland scored six second half points on two scrum penalties to take a 13-8 lead which they held onto when South Africa’s final maul attempt failed.

Erasmus congratulated Ireland for the win and issued a public apology to South Africa with a promise to “work harder and make you proud”.

The former head coach also added his opinion on referee Ben O’Keeffe, writing “also nice to be involved in a game so intense and physical without the referee getting too much involved!”

“Well done Ben and your team.”

South Africa are still in a strong position to qualify for the quarter-finals after beating Scotland in the opening week.

They face Tonga in their final game but have all but secured qualification barring a miraculous turn of events from Scotland, who need to beat Ireland handsomely, restricting them to no losing bonus points, and secure bonus point wins over Tonga and Romania.

Should Pool A finish with France on top, South Africa will draw the hosts in a quarter-final to be played at the same venue, Stade de France in Paris.

Belief is still high within the Springboks camp that they can replicate their deeds from 2019, where they went on to win the World Cup after losing a pool game to New Zealand.

“Yeah, we can still (win the tournament). Obviously you have to (believe). We’re in this competition to win it,” head coach Jacques Nienaber said.

“Teams that lose a game in the pool stages must work hard to get out of the pool, so definitely we can still win it.

“We played against the number one team in the world and we lost by five points and we had opportunity in the 79th minute to get a result.”



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