It’s fair to say that there has been a fair amount of controversy, crossed words and fury from both the Springbok and the Lions camp since the Second Test ended in defeat on Saturday.
Since the first minute of the game when Schalk Burger should have been sent off for gouging, to the latest episode where Brian O’Driscoll has called Peter de Villiers a disgrace, emotions have been running high in both camps.
Burger and Bakkies Botha have both been cited and banned, and the Boks are now appealing the latter’s punishment; Peter de Villiers has defended Burger suggesting that gouging is part of rugby and anyone that doesn’t like it should wear a tutu; Brian O’Driscoll and Adam Jones have been forced to return home through injury, much to the dismay of fellow tourists; there is disappointment at the standard of officiating from both camps; there is still anger from the way that the Lions have been disrespected with such a ridiculous itinerary; and the Boks aren’t happy either at the so-called whingeing by the tourists and their supporters.
With all that in mind, there could be one or two scores to settle on Saturday. The series is lost, the result isn’t really important and I’m concerned that it could descend into a brawl. After the sorry events that marred the Second Test, our sport will not emerge in a favourable light if Saturday’s match sees punching, fighting and red cards aplenty.
Am I worrying unduly?