South African rugby was brought back down to earth this past weekend with only the Bulls registering a Super Rugby win.
And it would have been the heavy defeat of the Lions to the Hurricanes at Ellis Park that would have raised some eyebrows.
Paving the way with an expansive approach to the game in South Africa, the Lions’ free-flowing game has so far been lauded by most hardcore SA fans.
Problem is, we are still behind the All Blacks in this regard and as much was evident with the Canes scoring a total of seven tries to the Lions’ three.
Then there were the Kings, who were reduced to servants in their match against the Jaguares, with the Argentineans running out 73-27 victors.
With only a month to go, weekends like these will give new Springbok coach Allister Coetzee sleepless nights as he plans his first national squad for Ireland’s visit in June.
To say the Bulls are a beacon of light after their win over the Force, would be a cop-out.
The men from Perth have not been at their best this year and have only registered a single win in nine attempts in 2016.
So while there is excitement in the air with regards to Coetzee’s Bok team, the fact that the top SA Super Rugby team, the Stormers, would have been fourth – behind three Kiwi teams – in a “real” log is somewhat concerning.