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Another huge lost for Springboks

Ireland humiliated the Springboks on Saturday when they beat them 38-3.

The Springboks looked at the start to want to play the game in Ireland half scoring tries but we soon realised that Coetzee plan was to put pressure on Ireland through a kicking game.

Cronje and Jantjies have shown now for two to three seasons with Lions that they are an attacking pair putting players in space.

Playing a game plan with players that can not play it is looking for big problems at international level and that is exactly what the Springboks got from Ireland.

The Springboks was put on the backfoot from the start with Oosthuizen leaving the field in the second minute with what looked like a knee injury.

That brought Louw in the frame but for some reason the referee decided not to reward the dominate scrum and penalised the Springboks a few times which gave Ireland a lead of 9-0 first up.

It went downhill from there for the Springboks with the Springboks backline unable to put any real attack together to put any threat in the Irish defence.

There was way too much kicking and it may not have been that bad a plan if they were able to execute it.

The Springboks had enough ball to attack from, but it seems there was no plan other to try and put the ball behind the Irish.

Upfront we were also not able to control the game or even come close to dominating this aspect of the test.

Playing players out of position in the forwards did not help the Boks at all with Louw struggling to be dominate at the breakdown.

We saw the forwards try all game, but Ireland were brilliant in spoiling our ball.

At halftime we had our backs against the wall with Ireland leading and one of the worst first half from the Boks.

The second half saw the Springboks put their first and only points on the board through a penalty from Jantjies.

With the Springboks trying the Irish just grew in confidence and it showed as they control almost all aspects of the game with the bounce of the ball also going their way.

Coetzee started early to put his bench on but it did not really helped as Ireland just kept their dominance and where able to stretch the lead even further.

We were treated with some great tries from Ireland and although the Springboks were poor, one have to give credit to Ireland in the way they played.

They were lucky that they could hit the rucks and fallen over spoiling and slowing the Boks ball.

At the end the Irish was just way to good for what the Springboks could put in the field and some big decisions will have to come from Coetzee before France.

Scorers:

For Ireland:
Tries: 
Conway, Ruddock, Herring, Stockdale
Con: Sexton, Carbery 2
Pens: Sexton 4

For South Africa:
Pen: 
Jantjies

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