2018 is turning out to be a tough year for the Springbok Classic team in Bermuda with another close result not quite going their way.
This time it was the French Classic team to take the spoils in the first of the plate semi-finals.
The match, played under humid conditions, making the ball slippery at the best of times, saw an error strewn first half and both sides not giving in, with the French managing to cross the chalk right on the halftime whistle putting them 0-7 ahead.
The second half saw a much better performance from the South Africans with Neil Cole scoring a well-earned try in the right corner.
The challenge for flyhallf Monty Dumond was to convert from the edge of the field, which he did, striking the sweet spot and equalize the score 7 – 7.
A penalty from Dumond put the Springbok Classic team 10 – 7 ahead. The French came back to score and convert and took the lead again 10 – 14.
Determined to fight back, the Springbok’s fought hard to break through the defensive lines of the burly French.
A penalty to the French put them 10 – 17 ahead, and victors of this tough, hard-fought match. They will face either the USA Eagle Classic or Italian Classic XV team, who play their semi final on Thursday.
In Wednesday’s Cup semi-final, another tightly fought match, the Irish beat the Canadians 10 -7.
Their opponents for Sunday’s final will be determined tonight when the Lions take on the Pumas.
Photo credit – Michael Butler