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One of the greatest fightback see Springboks take first test


It was a remarkable test match which saw one of the best fight backs from the Springboks to win the first test 42-39.

Nobody expected what we saw in that first forty minutes as England raced to a 24-3 lead and totally played the Springboks of the field.

The Springboks did not start badly but there defence was not great at all as England found space everytime they went on attack.

It was not great to see, and one started to think we are in for a huge hiding.

England controlled the ball and put it through phases which open space out wide but the defence from the Springboks were poor.

It was Faf de Klerk that started coming into the game and got his forwards and back going which England found hard to handle. It was the same man that got there first try after a good run from Nkosi on the wing.

That made the score 24-8 with still allot to do. Nkosi was getting good ball from good work again by Faf and he scored his first test try after a kick forward.

Nkosi was at then end on the other side of the field after great work from Faf and specially Willie Le Roux. With the Springbok just two points behind the magic from Willie le Roux came again as he got into space and scored his try which gave the Boks the lead 29-24.

England had a last penalty before the end of the half which made the score 29-27 at halftime.

The second half was a close affair with the Springboks with the territory and possession on their side, but they could have scored some more points.

Pollard kicked the first points in the second half to extend the lead to 32-27.

The pressure was kept by the Springboks and they got there forwards going to create space for Dyantyi, to get over.

This gave them a 39-27 lead.

England finally got their hands on the ball and they got a try back with 10 minutes to go to make the lead only 39-32.

The Springboks still had plenty of gas and got back into England half to force a penalty. Pollard kicked it over to extend the lead back to 10 points with 4 minutes to go.

England came with a late try after the game got loose with May scoring with minutes to go.

The Springboks were able to hold on and took a incredible win.

There is so many players that stood up after that first 18 minutes what a great start for the Boks in this series.


Springboks – Tries: De Klerk, Nkosi (2), Le Roux, Dyantyi. Conversions: Pollard (4). Penalties: Pollard (3).
England – Tries: Brown, Daly, Farrell, Itoje, May. Conversions: Farrell (4). Penalty: Daly.


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  1. What did we learn?
    1. Pollard is M.I.L.E.S better than Jantjes – obvious how last try of England was due to slow Jantjes and Gelant.
    2. Faf, Willie and Thor did it for us. If the first 2 cannot play for us next week, then we are in trouble.
    3. Ninja Kitchoff is best super-sup ever. Please keep Beast there for 50, then Ninja will do the rest.
    4. RG was good – he and Lood will be awesome.
    5. Back reserves get 0/10. Jantjes, Gelant, Van Zyl – do yourselves a favour and pull a Bismarck…

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