South Africa’s Springboks scored a hard-fought 42-39 win over England in the first of three test matches in the SA incoming Series. SARugby congratulated both teams for a great match.
At first, things didn’t look too good. Within four minutes, England was 10-0 up. The visitors were on fire and by the end of the first quarter had scored three tries and raced ahead to 24 on the board, with the Springboks lagging behind with just 3.
But the South African team – selected by new coach Rassie Erasmus – kicked back… and went on to score five amazing tries to secure one of the Springboks’ best victories ever.
The guys played their hearts out, particularly man-of-the-match, scrumhalf Faf de Klerk, who made sure he was wherever he needed to be on the field, and gave the Boks their first try.
Despite a couple of missed penalties, Handre Pollard scored 17 points and said afterwards that he was pleased for the team to have pulled this one through.
Pollard also thanked the great support of the Joburg crowd for this win.
Supersport journalist Brenden Nel said in an article titled “Epic Bok comeback confirms new dawn” that: “Rugby may be the game played in heaven, but in the iconic storyline of one of the greatest stadiums on earth, there was beauty in Springbok rugby again. Siya Kolisi may have provided the inspirational storyline for the build-up. But the three debutants and Faf de Klerk wrote a story as passionate as the jersey they played in. And gave the world some beauty in Bok rugby again…”
Today’s try scorers were: Faf de Klerk, S’bu Nkosi (2), Willie le Roux, Aphiwe Dyantyi. Conversions: Handre Pollard (4). Penalties: Pollard (3)
He scored 17 points and was pleased for the team to have pulled this one through. Handre Pollard thanking the great support of the Joburg crowd for this win. Hoping to see as many in Bloemfontein next weekend.
Posted by Springboks on Saturday, June 9, 2018