All three South African teams were involved in a match this weekend, and while some performances were satisfactory others just weren’t good enough for the green and gold supporters.
The first team to strut their stuff was Bafana Bafana who took in Brazil, this was Gorden Igesund’s first game in charge and it was certainly a baptism of fire for him, playing against the most decorated football team in the world. At the end Bafana went down 1-0 but their performance was definitely more than acceptable as they looked threatening at times against, to be fair a much stronger opponent in Brazil, keeping them scoreless until the dying minutes. So even though they lost, it was still a reasonably good start to Igesund’s reign as Bafana coach in my opinion.
Next we had the Springboks taking on Australia, and many were expecting SA to right the wrong of last week when they drew to Argentina by coming out and really taking it to the Wallabies. This however never happened, and SA who looked the better team for most of the game, couldn’t capitalize on key opportunities, and they themselves kept a below average Australian side in the game and actually ahead going into the last 10 minutes. When SA were forced to play attacking rugby, and actually ran with the ball a bit, they looked like a different side, but it was a little too late as they couldn’t get themselves out of the hole they dug themselves. After another disappointing performance, if Heyneke Meyer doesn’t realize that the tactics he has used just doesn’t cut it at International level, then he never will.
Two losses from two games for SA teams meant that all hope rested on the Proteas to avoid the treble, and they dually obliged, putting in a clinical performance hammering England in all aspects of the game. It was a performance that shows that they are rightfully one of the favourites to lift the T20 World Cup trophy, with the most positive aspect being that our spinners (who will have a huge role in the world cup) really put in a world class performance for SA.
So a mixed kettle of fish in terms of the successes and failures for the South African teams, but overall I’m happy with both our cricket and football teams, while the Springboks have left me wanting for two weeks straight now.