‘Bring back Pollard’: Mzansi drags Manie Libbok over dismal kicks

Springboks fans are demanding Handre Pollard step into Manie Libbok's spot after a weak performance against Ireland.

‘Bring back Pollard’: Mzansi drags Manie Libbok over dismal kicks

Springboks fans have mercilessly dragged Manie Libbok for missing crucial kicks that ultimately resulted in the team’s  Rugby World Cup game loss against Ireland.

In fact, some have gone as far as to claim that the flyback “handed” the victory to South Africa’s opponents.

The Boks were defeated 15-8 by Ireland, who are currently ranked number one in the world.

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Just a week after Manie Libbok’s impressive no-look fly kicks, the fly-half faced a barrage of social media criticism over his Springboks performance.

This included commentary over him missing both penalties and conversions.

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Many Twitter or X users even begged the team’s management to call up Handre Pollard in his spot going forward.ALSO READ: Bomb squad’s RG Snyman tosses players like ragdolls [photos]

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@LeratoN_: “We need to be honest that Mannie Libbok is costing us, and he can’t take penalties. Handré Pollard is a better kicker. If he doesn’t come back, we are f*cked moving forward.”

@ItsBilaso: “South Africa really needs Handre Pollard in such situations.”


In a post-match interview, Manie Libbok claimed the Springboks were “unlucky” in their defeat by Ireland.

He told ITV: “It was one hell of a game. Ireland brought it to us, but I am proud of the boys for sticking in there and giving it our all. We were unlucky.”

He continued: “Obviously, in a game like this, you have to take your points, and you have to convert pressure into points. Unfortunately, we didn’t get it right.”