Twitter pans (then praises) Springboks after comeback against Ireland


Even if you missed this weekend’s second rugby test match between South Africa and Ireland, you probably heard disgruntled Springboks fans shouting at their televisions.

Trailing 3-19 at half-time, the Springboks were (for probably the first time in living memory) booed off the hallowed Ellis Park turf in Johannesburg Saturday night. And it wasn’t only the Johannesburg faithful who had a few things to say.

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Twitter came alive with the trending topic #SAvIRE (among others), and users couldn’t resist airing their views of the Springboks’ indifferent performance at half time:

But it wasn’t just the team taking flack. Newly-appointed coach Allister Coetzee receiving the brunt of the unhappiness:

After the break, it was much of the same, as Ireland dominated the match:

However, after the 70th minute mark, South Africa clawed its way back and was just four points behind. The team scored another try with just over five minutes to play. South Africa (somehow) won the match 32-26.

After that try, Twitter saw a complete change of tone.

As a result of the Springboks’ win, the Incoming Series remains alive, with both South Africa and Ireland recording a win each. Next week, both teams move onto the final test in Port Elizabeth.

We can only imagine, and look forward to, Twitter’s reaction then.

Feature image: David Siu via Flickr

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