- The Springboks just cannot seem to catch a break when it comes performers of the national anthem
- Spectators were subjected to an 'interesting' rendition of 'Nkosi Sikelel' iAfrika before their match against Italy in Genoa
- This was not the first time that the singing of the South African anthem caused controversy
The Springboks had an interesting start to their match against Italy in Genoa on Saturday.
Nicole Magolie sang 'Nkosi Sikelel' iAfrika' at the Stadio Luigi Ferraris, doing so in an unusually slow manner which got people chattering on social media in response.
This harked back to the instances when Ras Dumisani and Ard Matthews made an absolute mess of the anthem, to much controversy.
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Among social media commentators was legendary Wallabies backliner Matt Giteau:
"Is this a super slow version of South African anthem right now?"
Kuda Jr tweeted:
"Please never sing the National Anthem again abeg #ITAvRSA"
South African radio personality Rory Petzer tweeted:
"Sorry I’m three hours late. I was waiting for the South African anthem to end."
Mark Penrith added:
"That rendition of the South African anthem though. I don't get it. How can an artist be so disrespectful to the crowd, the team, the flag, the nation, the country? On a good week for sport our culture let us down."
Springboks smash Italy in Genoa
The Springboks registered their first win of the Autumn Nations Series in the most convincing fashion, smashing Italy 63-1 at the Stadio Luigi Ferraris in Genoa, Italy on Saturday afternoon.
Utility back Manie Libbok was among the stars of the performance, earning increasing numbers of fans calling for the Stormers player to don the 10 jersey.
The South African national team routed the Azzurri with nine tries, following disappointment against Ireland and France. The SA 'A' team were also dealt embarrassing losses at the hands of Munster and Bristol this month.
It was a statement of intent from the Springboks from the opening minutes, with a lacklustre clearance from Italy giving South Africa a platform to attack. Kurt-Lee Arendse then went over in the corner after a flat pass by Willie Le Roux.