Two South African-born elements of Englandâ€™s narrow Six Nations victory over old enemies Scotland at Murrayfield on Saturday have earned laurels for their contributions.
Rob Houwing, Sport24
Durban-born midfield debutant Brad Barritt, in particular, won English press approval for his defensive stoutness, while fire-in-the-belly lock Mouritz Botha, his Saracens team-mate who was born in Vryheid, also didnâ€™t go unnoticed in the 13-6 win.
Even former England hooker Brian Moore, who is not always well disposed to anything South African, was moved to say in the Daily Telegraph: â€śYou canâ€™t under-estimate what this win will have done for (Englandâ€™s) inner confidence.
â€śThey were disciplined and did not give away kickable penalties … they are also to be praised for their tenacity in defence because although the first-up tackles were not always solid they scrambled to make amends with Brad Barritt and Mouritz Botha to the fore.â€ť
Former British and Irish Lions lock Paul Ackford, in the same paper, gave Botha a match rating of eight out of 10: â€śMr Industrious, his red scrum cap was all over the place. A few too many errors for this level, but hugely courageous.â€ť
And in rating former Sharks favourite Barritt a 7/10, he said: â€śDefensively sound which was what he was brought into the side to do. Will settle in over the next few games.â€ť
Meanwhile in The Guardian, another ex-international, Dean Ryan, wrote: â€śBarritt isnâ€™t the fastest centre in the world but he is strong and very good defensively and he makes up for that lack of speed with his speed of thought.â€ť
Ironically the player-of-the-match award went to a member of the losing side, No 8 David Denton, who is a 21-year-old born in Marondera, Zimbabwe, and educated at Kingswood College in Grahamstown. It was his first start for his adopted country.
*The Springboks play a three-Test home series against England in mid-year, Heyneke Meyerâ€™s debut as new Bok coach.