Rampant Le Roux rout Wales

June 14, 2014
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Mercurial fullback Willie le Roux had a hand in four of South Africa’s five tries as they outmuscled Wales 38-16 in the first test at King’s Park.

Le Roux’s electric display set alight a contest that was otherwise strewn with set-piece and handling errors.

He scored one excellent individual try and created two others for wing Bryan Habana. Cornall Hendricks and Duane Vermeulen also crossed the line for the hosts.

Wales offered little in the opposing 22 until the final 15 minutes and were made to pay for a timid first half display.

Their only try came following a break in his own half by wing Alex Cuthbert. Dan Biggar landed two drop goals and a penalty for the visitors.

The home side scored 21 points in as many minutes as they dominated the opening quarter using the width of the pitch to expose frail defending from the Welsh.

Their first touchdown was finished by Habana but came after a penetrating break from Le Roux and a kick from the fullback that was chased down by the wing just before the dead-ball line.

Wales were not helped by a yellow card received by centre Jamie Roberts after 12 minutes.

South Africa’s second try had a little less finesse as number eight Vermeulen barged his way over from a few metres out.

Habana extended his national record for test tries to 55 when he got his second of the game and again it was Le Roux who was the creator, his break through the Welsh line and perfectly timed pass allowing the wing to dive over in the corner.

South Africa were dominating all facets of play by now and might have had more points but for some sloppy handling.

Their dominance in the pack saw Welsh prop Adam Jones, playing in his 100th international, replaced just past the half-hour mark by Samson Lee.

Le Roux capped his evening with a brilliant individual effort for the fourth try before halftime, collecting his own chip behind the defence and diving over in front of the goal posts.

And still he had more to give. His straight running and well-timed pass allowed Hendricks a debut try and provided a fifth conversion for Morne Steyn who put in a faultless kicking display.

Wales had precious few scoring opportunities and when they did cross the line with 20 minutes to go, debutant Gareth Davies’s score was disallowed under review for a forward pass by Biggar in the build-up.

Cuthbert added some cheer for Wales with a fine breakaway try from his own 22, outsprinting the retreating defence with ease and offering a mesmerising sidestep that flummoxed Le Roux.

The second and final test will be in Nelspruit next Saturday.

Source: Reuters

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13 Comments

  1. avatar Timeo says:
    June 15th, 2014 at 5:07 am

    Willie did his normal magic, but I’m also pleased with the whole of the Bok backline.

    Frans who?

  2. avatar Mug Punters Organisation of South Africa says:
    June 15th, 2014 at 6:34 am

    @Timeo: Eactly Frans who…just dont like seen the talent at 12 doing so many crash and setup balls.

    And to think they kept choosing SideshowBob above Willie and certain bloggers here where Willie who?

    Its the unknown or ex factor that unpicks the defenses.

    The okie is so good that even after he passed the Ball to Habdonna he was still able to take out two defenders…

  3. avatar Christo (Vetgesmeerde Blits) says:
    June 15th, 2014 at 7:42 am

    What impressed me most was his accuracy and bravery under the high balls. It didn’t matter who was charging at him, he just kept his eye on the ball and timed his jump perfectly every time. That was one area in his play that still made me doubt him as a fullback as opposed to a wing.

  4. avatar bryce_in_oz says:
    June 15th, 2014 at 9:02 am

    Welsh simply got smashed by the forwards all over the paddock in the first half… up until that point I did enjoy seeing the backline play off their platform…

    But then the forwards tired as they do and along with changes and the Welsh holding onto ball longer things were not so pretty…

  5. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    June 15th, 2014 at 9:08 am

    @bryce_in_oz: Something the guys in the studio said make some sense…..Aussies did not get over the advantage line and for that 6-0 scoreline. Bokke forwards smash Wales over the advantage line and score five tries.

  6. avatar Mug Punters Organisation of South Africa says:
    June 15th, 2014 at 11:27 am

    Rugby is usually won upfront. That fit at 37 incredible..

    JPP is only going to get better, now we need a real hard attacking scrum half around the fringes, FDUP in the old days.

  7. avatar Boertjie says:
    June 15th, 2014 at 1:42 pm

    Has someone told Americano?

  8. avatar Americano says:
    June 15th, 2014 at 3:35 pm

    Indeed Boertje. Just got back from Normandy (much better saying that now than 70 yrs ago) & drove back / flew outta London back to the land of milk & honey.

    This is a SA rugby blog of what import could that be?
    Because…..
    I picked up some cultural contrasts that will only make my rugby related comments even more prescient it the days to follow :-)

    Things like how SA Rugby fans are emotionally inseperable from England soccer fans after a loss, How Messerschmitt-Willie incorporates the French 9/10 positional ethos into his play @ 14 or 15 when he is on field &…..
    I did notice a comment from DavidS that was spot on referring to the Sep Blatter/FIFA type scandal that took place last summer in the rugby world that was completely missed & not only destroyed the SA/NZ test in NZ but also the barn-burner that took place in SA following it up.
    The only rugby I saw was at Ladbrokes tv where England dotted down after the hooter.

    Hope HM-stein keeps Willie benched till 3N ( I refuse to acknowledge Puma involvement till I see a pulse) – no point using a switchblade on salad veggies – save him for the NZ/Aus games. NZ & their Stay-Puff Marshmallow-Man Coach are in for a rude awakening with SunKing Willie & JPP @ 13. Let’s hope Hendricks gets a shot at them as well.

    Saw on Supersport Gavin Rich FINALLY crying uncle on Willie. Thickest skull in rugby writing just now stumbles into the party.

  9. avatar Timeo says:
    June 16th, 2014 at 3:26 am

    @Americano:

    Went to Normandy for the D-Day commemorations.
    Are you:
    a – A WWII veteran
    b – A Secret Service Agent
    c – President Obama
    d – None of the above ?

  10. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    June 16th, 2014 at 9:23 am

    @Timeo: Hehehe

  11. avatar DavidS says:
    June 16th, 2014 at 5:03 pm

    As far as I know that joke who is loosely termed “President” is in North Dakota on a golf trip not Normandy…

    I always love the wqay the allies like to pretend Normandy meant anything in terms of actually defeating Nazi Germany when the Russians actually accounted for over 70% of Germany’s resources and the rest were divided between the Balkans, occupation duties, Italy and France. The truth is the defeat of the Nazis was totally a Soviet affair with a little sideshow in Western Europe against a long defeated army. The only thing the Western alllies did was avooid parts of Germany, Italy and Western Europe fell behind the Iron Curtain.

  12. avatar Timeo says:
    June 16th, 2014 at 5:40 pm

    @DavidS:

    He did go to Normandy for the commemorations

    http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2014/06/06/remarks-president-obama-70th-anniversary-d-day-omaha-beach-normandy

  13. avatar DavidS says:
    June 16th, 2014 at 9:02 pm

    Ja I know… I was being facetious because I dislike him.

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