Rassie Erasmus hits back following Ian Foster comments on Ireland vs Springboks
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South Africa’s Rassie Erasmus has fired back at All Blacks boss Ian Foster following his bizarre comments about Ireland vs South Africa.
Speaking after New Zealand’s 96-17 Rugby World Cup win over Italy on Friday night, Foster suggested his side’s demolition of the Azzurri was a more entertaining spectacle than the mammoth Test match between the Boks and Ireland.
Ireland edged out the Springboks 13-8 in what many people consider to be the best match of the tournament so far, but Foster for some reason thinks a one-sided rout is more entertaining than a hard-fought Test match between two of the very best.
“If you look at the South Africa-Ireland game, it was a different game of rugby,” Foster said.
“The ball was in play for 27 minutes throughout the whole game.
“It was a very stop-start game, very physical, very combative. You saw a different spectacle tonight and at some point, the world has got to decide which game it would rather watch.”
His comments have understandably been met with widespread criticism across the world, and Erasmus’ comments are no different.
“Ian always a straight shooter and says it as it is!” Erasmus wrote.
“[I] have respect for him since he coached the Chiefs!! But I think 2 min more ball in play and an epic battle between Ireland and Boks is the game I would rather watch! (while saying that your boys were crisp and clinical)”
Ian always a straight shooter and say it as it is! Have respect for him since he coached the Chiefs!! But I think 2 min more ball in play and a epic battle between Ireland and Boks is the game I would rather watch !! ( while saying that your boys were crisp and clinical 🤝) https://t.co/qeo7M4y5nv pic.twitter.com/nB2wzAWSZC
— Rassie Erasmus (@RassieRugby) September 30, 2023
Fair comments from Erasmus. We’d certainly rather watch the games like the Springboks versus Ireland over New Zealand hammering Italy, any day.
Up next for South Africa is a big game against Tonga at the Stade Velodrome in Marseille this evening as they look to bounce back from that defeat to Ireland last weekend.
We’ll be on the ground in Marseille for the next few days taking in the wonderful sights the city has to offer, including a tour to see the Notre-Dame de la Garde basilica, the highest point in the city.
If you’re planning a trip, or in town for the rugby over the next few days, you can also check out the Cosquer Cave or the Calanques National Park, among other things.
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