Quatos, rugby and the Rainbow Nation go hand in hand.
And with the Springboks going through one of their toughest periods in history over the past year or so – first-time defeats to Japan and Argentina, as well as losing to an under-strength Ireland team earlier this year – fans are starting to lose their cool.
And it was the impact of transformation that was again hotly debated on the show Super Rugby on Monday night.
One caller from Pretoria did not hold back his feelings on the topic and also took a shot at former Springbok winger Ashwin Willemse, who shared the panel with ou Bokke Kobus Wiese and Jean de Villiers.
The frustrated caller said: “Can I use foul language on the programme tonight? I am mooi gatvol of this transformation.
“Kyk, ek gee nie ‘n moer om if you’re white, pink, yellow or black, the best player should play in his position.
“At present, [Damian] de Allende is not performing and Rohan Janse van Rensburg has played an entire Super Rugby season at 120 percent en die arme man word nie eers in die groep ingesluit nie.
“Then, I just want to say; Ashwin Willemse’s arrogance with Nick Mallet – Ashwin, please! After every remark Mallet makes, you want to take him on… it doesn’t impress us. Please keep your knowledge to yourself.”
Die arme Willemse handled the situation professionally, saying: “It’s difficult. In defence of [the caller], he makes us understand the emotions of the South African [rugby] public.
“We all feel the same about Springbok rugby… and understand if he feels that way. That’s the power of rugby… it has the ability to unite and also break [the nation].
“If we talk about the Boks… we know the power of Bok rugby, and I hope the Boks will evolve so that we all have that pride and love for the jersey again – so that we can understand and accept different points of view in harmony.”