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We’ve crossed the Moody’s river, now let’s get cracking


We’ve crossed the Moody’s river, now let’s get cracking

I remain convinced that we can pass the next deadly test, even if it is just a positive change in the outlook

Mark Barnes

We got lucky with the downgrade. We won the rugby. It matters more what you do than what you say. If you get it right, it matters even less what others say.

There can be no doubt that there were doubters of the Springboks, hard as they may be to find today. Before the World Cup started the discussions were about whether we’d make it through the pool rounds, let alone get through the quarterfinals. Once there, it was whispered about whether we’d lose to Japan again. Confidence was low.

Against all these odds and criticisms we won, by the highest margin ever. We dominated every aspect of the game. The triumph was manifest in the five minutes or so when they were within five or so metres of crossing our line. It was nothing short of warfare. We weren’t letting them through, come hell or high water. We never did...

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