Springboks v Pumas

Over in South Africa the Springboks took on the Argentine Pumas in Durban. The Boks couldn’t find their rhythm in the first half, but the second half the men in green and gold put on a polished performance to win 34-21.

Some players were far from their best as Malcolm Marx missed three jumpers at lineout time and Handre Pollard missed four of his six shots at goal. Apart from that, the final 40 minutes was very encouraging for the South Africans.

Both wingers Amphiwe Dyantyi and Makazole Mampimpi scored two tries each with Dyantyi walking away with the man-of-the-match honours.

The Boks’ first try came after a good run from Pollard and a flat pass to Lukhanyo Am who crashed over. After that the Boks were penalised and the Argentine flyhalf Nicolas Sanchez set up an attacking lineout were the visitors eventually scored under the posts. The Pumas rushed to a 14-5 lead and warning lights were going off for the Springboks. The hosts went into recovery mode as Eben Etzebeth and Pieter-Steph du Toit set up solid platforms for the team to build on.

Trailing 10-14 at the break, the second half was far more pleasing for South Africa. Leading at 27-14 the Argentines were giving a small sniff at victory when debutant Damien Willemse throw a horror pass to his fellow debutant Marco van Staden which eventually led to the try of Matias Moroni under the posts to make it a six point lead for the Boks.

Luckily for South Africa they got their bonus point back for scoring three or more tries than their oppenents after a strong run from Steven Kitshoff which helped Faf de Klerk score a try in the final 10 minutes of play. South Africa scored six tries and Argentina three.

The squad for the Argentina trip has been trimmed down to 28 players. Jean-Luc du Preez (loose forward) Sikhumbuzo Notshe (loose forward) and Marvin Orie (lock) are the forwards that won’t be making the trip to Argentina with Ross Cronje (scrumhalf) Jesse Kriel (centre) and Lwazi Mvovo (wing) the backs that will be missing out.

The Springboks flew out on Monday morning to South America.

By Carl Coertzen – 20/08/18