A largely experimental Springbok team took on a strong Welsh outfit over the weekend, and came off with a narrow 34 – 31 win, in a bruising game, ten years after the Springboks one and only Welsh defeat.

The Boks were off to a slow start, against a clearly determined Welsh team, who were hungry for, what they thought, would be their best opportunity at a Springbok scalp.

The Welsh had a strong pack and fronted up to the Springboks, who had a tough time getting used to the exceedingly long pause at scrum time. But once they adapted to the referees calls, the Springboks put their scrum hassles aside, and showed the Welsh that they wouldn’t be brushed aside.

Wales started the game well, keeping the Springboks at bay for most of the opening exchanges, kicking a number of penalties, and scoring an intercept try through James Hook, after John Smit was caught in two minds, in mid-field, a place he should never have been in.

The Springboks rallied and came alive after that, realising that they had to start playing with the ball if they were to come off with the win, and avoid recording an embarrassing loss to Wales.

The game had some great contests from both teams. The overall defense was pretty good all round, but it was the Springboks who asked the most questions and came off with a win. Not the best win ever, but a win non the less.

My two cents worth:

  • Pause: Pronunciation: \ˈpȯz\ Function: noun; Etymology: Middle English, from Latin pausa, from Greek pausis, from pauein to stop; Date: 15th century : a temporary stop. Somebody should send that to referee, Alan Lewis.
  • I felt that it was one of the poorest refereeing displays I have ever seen. The Springbok coaching staff would not have been out of place rehashing the Stormers’ post match complaints from the week before.
  • Tom Prydie’s try came from a clear forward pass, right in front of the assistant referee, who chose to ignore it, and advise that the try be awarded.
  • When will PDv and his assistants learn that clearing the bench after 60 odd minutes is asking for trouble? Especially in a game with so many inexperienced players and hardly any experienced combinations.
  • I am totally against the fact that Alistair Hargreaves took the field, and thus becomes a capped Springbok. There was absolutely no reason for that, and handing out Springbok caps so easily, cheapens it for every player who came before.
  • Although Bjorn Basson did well when he took th field, it was also an unnecessary cap. Zane Kirchner is already capped, and could have come on. I’m not convinced that half a season of playing well in Super Rugby, in an underperforming side, warrants Springbok selection.
  • That being said, a win is a win, and if we can pull that off with such inexperienced combinations, against such an experienced Welsh outfit, it bades well for Springbok depth.

Wales VS Springboks 2010 Highlights: [tonytai2017]

Scorecard:

South Africa: 34

  • Tries: Ndungane, Potgieter, De Jongh
  • Conversions: Pienaar 2
  • Penalties: Pienaar 4, Steyn

For Wales: 31

  • Tries: Hook, Prydie, AW Jones
  • Conversions: S Jones 2
  • Penalties: S Jones 3
  • Drop goals: Hook 1