Rose victory a thorny issue

Posted in Home

BONUS - RUSTENBURG - Seven points is better than three points - that goes without saying.

But when you play against the World Cup runners-up, you take every point when it is on offer. The Springboks’ gamble on Saturday to rather kick for the corner and hope to score a try, than take a much more likely three points by kicking to the posts backfired rather spectacularly. The Springboks took on the English Roses on the hallowed grounds of Twickenham on 20 November after quite a tumultuous week which saw the South African Director of Rugby/Waterboy being suspended from being next to the field in any position. The Roses took an early lead with a try, and then Handré Pollard failed with two penalties - which also then came back to bite the 'Boks in the backside ate the end. The second half saw a much better performance from our boys, with Malcolm Marx, Steven Kitshoff and Vincent Koch - as always bringing the thunder to the front row. When Frans Steyn replaced Willie le Roux as Full Back and Elton Jantjies shifting into the nr 10 position, it looked like the Springboks will leave that lovely human being, Eddie Jones, with all the mud on his face that he so dearly deserves. It was not to be. In the final seconds, England received a penalty - by many commentators undeservedly so - and took the match with a mere one point, breaking South African rugby supporters' hearts. Looking back at the match, the majority of the blame for the failure should, unfortunately, rest on the shoulders of the 'Boks. They paid for not being as accurate as they normally are at scrum time in the first quarter of the game; the lineout also didn’t function as effectively as it usually does in that first half - those two things combined worked against the Boks.
Scores England 27 - Tries: Manu Tailagi, Freddie Steward and Raffi Quirke; Conversions: Marcus Smith 3; Penalties: Marcus Smith 2.South Africa 26 - Try: Makazole Mapimpi; Penalties: Handre Pollard 5, Elton Jantjies and Frans Steyn.