Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Rugby Union: Losing No 1 Spot a Blow

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Rugby Union: Losing No 1 Spot a Blow

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SOUTH Africa captain John Smit admits losing the No 1 spot in the world rankings has been the biggest disappointment this season.

The Springboks won the World Cup a year ago, but have since failed to replicate that form and a below-par performance in the Tri-Nations meant they were overtaken by New Zealand in the rankings.

A mouthwatering season-ending clash with England at Twickenham awaits South Africa tomorrow, and Smit hopes his side live up to expectations.

"Considering all that's been done under the new coach and new management team and certainly the pressure of playing under the world champion label, the biggest disappointment, coming from the games we should have won, was losing the No 1 tag in the world," said Smit.

"We'll be using that as something to get back to.

"Most critics would ask where you go when you've won the World Cup. There's only one way. So the standards to maintain are quite difficult.

"Every weekend we are judged. …

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