All Blacks great John Kirwan disagrees with Springbok captain Siya Kolisi about what makes up South Africa’s rugby DNA.
The Boks were again criticised for kicking too much and not playing enough rugby in a 19-17 Rugby Championship defeat by the top-ranked All Blacks in Townsville this past Saturday – the third straight loss for the world champions.
“When Siya Kolisi says after the game, ‘that’s our DNA’ … I don’t think that is their DNA,” said Kirwan on New Zealand rugby show, ‘The Breakdown’.
“South Africa have outstanding outside backs, some of the best outside backs of the last decade. They put [the All Blacks] under incredible pressure and we were average at times. The lineout didn’t function, high ball was so competitive, and like Jordie [Barrett] said, Faf [De Klerk] was putting up kicks that were spiralling and spinning …
“Let’s not get this wrong – when they play like that it’s really hard to play against. But mine is a philosophical answer: it bores me to tears, I don’t like it.
“However, how do you play against it? They do it really well but, for me, I think South Africa has more to offer.”