Rassie Erasmus offered to withdraw himself from active participation in the series between the Springboks and the British & Irish Lions. But there is no way he can leave quietly now, after a 'leaked' video of him dissecting some abysmal officiating from the first Test sent the sport into a frenzy on Thursday.
There is a misconception that Rassie Erasmus, South Africa's director of rugby and mischief-maker-in-chief, is rattled. Many, mostly in the UK, believe his extraordinary dissection of myriad mistakes by last week's officials in the first Test between the Springboks and the British & Irish Lions is a sign of a man teetering on the edge.
Erasmus, who masterminded the Boks Rugby World Cup 2019 win after only 18 months in charge of the team, does not do anything on a whim. He is not rattled; he is rattling sabres at the Lions using the same tactics they employed in the lead-up to the first Test.
Erasmus might not always be right, but he is always calculated when it comes to rugby decisions. His mindset is purely about finding a winning edge for teams under his charge.
Instead of hiding behind a carefully released narrative to selected media...