Chasing the Sun 2 teaser reveals the Springboks' unique 'Bomb Squad' mindset

Chasing the Sun 2 teaser reveals the Springboks' unique 'Bomb Squad' mindset

A new teaser to the Chasing the Sun 2 documentary reveals the Springboks players' attitude towards the infamous 'Bomb Squad'.

The Boks famously adopted the term during the 2019 Rugby World Cup when Rassie Erasmus and his coaching team fielded a bench with six forwards and two backs instead of the more traditional split of five forwards and three backline replacements.

The tactic produced magnificent results for South Africa as they went on to win the 2019 World Cup in Japan and continued to make use of it in the years that followed.

Ahead of the World Cup in France, Erasmus and Jacques Nienaber upped the ante with their bench replacements, selecting seven forwards and one back against the All Blacks prior to the tournament, and backed it again in the pool stage game against Ireland and the final against New Zealand.

The Boks would go on to seal back-to-back World Cup titles defeating the All Blacks 12-11 in the final.

The newest teaser for the Chasing the Sun 2 documentary series is centred around the 'Bomb Squad' with lock RG Snyman giving insight into the Springboks players' attitude towards the tactic.

Snyman featured off the bench in the World Cup matches against Ireland, France, England and New Zealand, scoring a crucial try in the semi-final victory over the Red Roses.

But while in most teams only getting a spot on the bench is seen as a demotion, with the Springboks, it is accepted with glee.

"We take that role very seriously," Snyman says in the clip.

"It's actually if a guy gets selected in the starting lineup off the bench, we say, 'I'm sorry man, maybe next game you will be back in the Bomb Squad'," he added with a chuckle.

Duane Vermeulen added: "They don't call it the Bomb Squad for nothing," presumably referring to the bench's impact in the semi-final against England, which saw the likes of Handre Pollard, Snyman and Ox Nche playing pivotal roles in winning the match after coming on as replacements.

The clip is just another sneak peek into the second edition of the hugely popular docuseries following the Springboks throughout their journey before and during the World Cup.

The five-part Chasing the Sun 2 will air on M-Net (DStv channel 101) and on SuperSport Grandstand (DStv channel 201) on Sunday, 24 March 2024.

Earlier this week, the creators of the series also confirmed to South African newspaper Rapport that their will be a third documentary following the Boks during the 2027 World Cup in Australia.

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