Fans Aim Criticism at Springbok Coach Jacques Nienaber Despite Argentina Win and Rugby Championship Failure

Fans Aim Criticism at Springbok Coach Jacques Nienaber Despite Argentina Win and Rugby Championship Failure

Keba Mothoagae
September 25, 2022 at 9:45 AM
  • Angry and annoyed Springbok fans went to sleep last night and woke up this morning pointing fingers at one man
  • Jacques Nienaber was trending on Twitter following South Africa's unconvincing 38-21 win against Argentina last night
  • The result was not enough to overtake New Zealand in the tight race for the Rugby Championship trophy

Springbok coach Jacques Nienaber has come in for heavy criticism after the team failed to win the Rugby Championship.

South Africa had to defeat Argentina by 39 or more points last night in Durban, also having to secure a bonus to sneak past New Zealand for the Rugby Championship title. The home side made a meal of this requirement, which led to an anti-climactic 38-21 win.

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Springbok coach Jacques Nienaber after the match against Argentina last night. Image source: @Springboks.
Source: Twitter

These reinvigorated Nienaber's critics on Twitter, where he was trending for all the wrong reasons.

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@dylanvdspuy14 said:

"Kicking away possession when you need to put 40 points on the board. Can only be the Springboks. Jacques Nienaber needs to go. Such an average coach"

@Siwaphiwe87 said:

"Jacques Nienaber cannot take us to greater heights, playing Francious Steyn at fly half is the insult to all all fly half’s playing URC#RSAvARG"

@David_Naude said:

"Jacques Nienaber & @RassieRugby to blame, not the players. Incorrect selections have plagued this campaign. Probably the easiest run to a RC trophy ever and the coaches failed the team and the country."

New Zealand win the Rugby Championship title despite South Africa defeating Argentina in Durban

New Zealand are the winners of the 2022 Rugby Championships.

The Springboks went into the final game against Los Pumas knowing they needed to secure a bonus point and beat Argentina by 39 points. The Boks started the game on the front foot but much slower than they would have liked. Frans Steyn missed three crucial touch-finders, and Los Pumas often slowed down the ball.

They were also guilty of giving away penalties and were reduced to 14 men twice. The Boks finally got a try in the 19th minute when Jasper Wiese dotted down after controlling the ball from a driving mall. It was one of the easiest tries, and Steyn made the conversion look equally as easy.

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