Let’s talk about respecting your opponents
In November South Africa embarked on a end of year tour to the Northern Hemisphere. A four test tour playing Ireland, England, Italy and Wales. Before the start of the tour the Springbok coach Heyneke Meyer said that they would be targeting the game against the English at Twickenham as the Springboks hardest match. Even though Ireland were the current 6 nations champions and ranked higher than England in the World Rankings.
As it turned out the only match that the Springboks looked good in was the one against England, the Springboks lost to Ireland and Wales. This is Domkrag rugby
In the 2015 Rugby Championship South Africa lost to Argentina for the first time in history going down 37-25 in Durban. Springbok coach Heyneke Meyer swore blind that the Springboks were not complacent going into this test. A week later now having the correct motivation the Springboks beat Argentina 26-12 in Beunos Aires. This is Domkrag rugby.
In the last 20 years losses to the likes of Ireland, Wales, Scotland and Argentina have been all to frequent throw in a couple of drubbings dished out by Australia and England and the once proud record of South African rugby has forever been tainted. With South Africans blaming the referee, the weather, the timing of the match, the fact that the rest of the world is against them or they miss their mommy. This is Domkrag rugby.
If you can’t give other teams the respect they deserve, then why not respect the history of the Bok top, every complacent performance is a let down and a disrespect for all the players that wore the top in the past. Stop talking up this rivalry with New Zealand and start concentrating on beating all teams.
From schoolboy level, growing up in South Africa, I was taught to kick for the corners and try keep the opposition pinned back in their half. The root of the divide between Modern rugby and Domkrag rugby begins at schoolboy level. The intent of modern rugby is to play ideal rugby and score tries whereas the intent of Domkrag rugby is to not allow the opposition to play. The one is positive and the other is negative.
Domkrag rugby is so embedded in SA rugby culture that it is very hard to see it changing especially when most South Africans think Domkrag rugby is a fantasy. These are the same people that think New Zealand plays no differently to South Africa.