By: Robert van der Valk
Did the Springboks deserve to win the rugby World Cup?
President Mbeki remarked that the players were so big they could easily replace his presidential guard.
What a remarkable feat for the Boks to come out tops in the Rugby World Cup. But how on earth did we do it, given the parlous state of the game in this country, and our dismal record against any meaningful opposition? Good team selection and a careful game plan counted for plenty of course, but the key factor, actually, was massive luck the luck that saw the team escape facing any really serious contenders.