Deflection is part of the coaching mantra. Coaches are paid to deflect criticism, questions, in some cases praise, but most of all many specialise in the art of deflecting defeat. Already this World Cup, we have seen too much of the latter.

Springboks coach Rassie Erasmus started the theme when he suggested South Africa were on the receiving end of an 11-2 penalty count in their opening loss to the All Blacks when, in fact, it was 9-4.

The inference was clear — the Boks had been wronged.


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After a week in which Erasmus attempted to heap pressure on