South Africa’s coach Jacques Nienaber has taken a not-so-subtle dig at media hacks that have looked to stir trouble for his team.
The build-up to last week’s 36-20 win over Argentina in a Rugby Championship Round Five outing in Buenos Aires was overshadowed by the Elton Jantjies saga and on matchday by allegations of drug abuse.
The South African Rugby Union moved swiftly to squash the rumours that ‘several’ Springboks had tested positive for the use of illicit drugs.
And the weekend before the Springbok camp also dismissed suggestions of wrongdoing by two members of the squad – Jantjies and team dietician Zeenat Simjee.
The two returned home from the Springboks’ camp in Buenos Aires, after there were reports that the pair had enjoyed a tryst at two guesthouses in the Nelspruit area prior to South Africa’s Rugby Championship campaign.
A frustrated Nienaber said the ‘rugby pressure’ is something the team enjoys.