The former All Blacks Out-half Stephen Donald has suggested that South Africa threw their game against Ireland to face France rather than Ireland..
Speaking on New Zealand’s SENZ radio;
“Deep down, would you ever put it past the South Africans to go, ‘Do we want the All Blacks in a quarter-final? I think we take this route,’” Donald said.
“It was a brutal old thing, wasn’t it? It was everything you’d hope for in a game… it could’ve been the final, it was that sort of intensity and that sort of quality.”
The World Cup winner has come in for a bit of a backlash for this comment..
I am not buying this nonsense.
Same time I have a very bad feeling about NZL.
— Rágnár Ván Töndérsön (@Slipcatch) September 28, 2023
So as South Africa were edging to the Irish line in the dying seconds to score they wanted to lose? When they knocked on the ball at least twice on the try line they wanted to lose? When they chose points over going for the line they wanted to lose? I’m embarrassed for you
It’s possible. They just played weirdly. Forwards didn’t even make a real effort. Only Willemse arrived for the game that day But it’s ok. We soldier on. I think our backline players are going to be key in winning against Tonga.I think Stephen Donald is being disrespectful to Ireland. That was a tough match and either team could have won, but Ireland were the better team on the day.