WATCH: ‘F**k up okes for 80 minutes’ – Springboks’ 7-1 bench perfectly explained

Jared Wright
Screenshots from a video perfectly explaining the Springboks 7-1 split on the bench

Screenshots from a video perfectly explaining the Springboks 7-1 split on the bench.

The Springboks’ 7-1 bench split in favour of the forwards has dominated the build-up of their Rugby World Cup clash with Ireland.

South Africa first implemented the tactic against New Zealand ahead of the World Cup when Willie le Roux was a late withdrawal before the clash at Twickenham.

While the Boks’ coaching staff said that they would test it out again, few would have predicted that it would be implemented against Ireland in the crunch Pool B fixture.

The tactic has drawn praise from some sections of the media but slammed by others.

But what exactly does it entail, and what advantage do the Springboks get from it?

Well, Ben Karpinski, who runs the social media account ‘Follow the Bounce’, has answered those questions in a brilliant video.

Explaining the 7-1 split

“Right now, everyone’s talking about the Boks and the 7-1 replacement bench,” he said in his video.

“It’s all quite simple, really; if you want to win Test matches, you need to f**k your opponents up. Not my words, of course, but rather the words of the mercurial mastermind Rassie Erasmus.

“Now, in rugby, the f**king up happens around the set-pieces where the forwards fight for the possession of the ball. So, in order to properly f**k up your opponents, you pick as many forwards as possible to f**k up okes for the whole 80 minutes.

“So obviously the 7-1 bench then means when you’re starting forwards, get tired of f**king okes up, you then bring on fresh forwards to carry on the f**king up.

“The one backline player on the bench is basically just there to get drinks for the forwards before and after the f**king okes up.

“Do the f**king up well, then you’re starting backs with nice hairstyles and headgear, then get to score points which win you the game on the scoreboard. It’s really that simple. Go Bokke.”

Ben’s foul-mouthed explanation is straight out of Erasmus’ playbook after the former Springboks head coach made headlines for his team talk in the Chasing The Sun documentary.

Ahead of the clash against Wales, Erasmus was filmed: “They [Wales] are not softies. They’re not like Ireland.

“They’re not like England, who goes away.

“They are tough f*****s.”

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