As with the World Cup in Japan, loosing their first test did not stop the Springboks form coming back to win the series against the British & Irish Lions.
The Lions came out in this crucial decider changing the way they played in the previous two test which we predicted could bite them at the end and it did.
They turned down nine certain points to go for lineouts on the Boks line and failed to get through the Boks defence which was brilliant again on the night.
It was certainly not pretty but as we have come to expect the Springboks was a gain just too powerful at the end and it was the 2009 Lions Series hero for the Springboks, Morne Steyn who kicked again the winning penalty 1 minutes for the final whistle.
Here is the game highlight:
We have gone though the match again and this is how we scored the Boks on the night.
Willie Le Roux (7)
His best test in the series getting involve in the Springboks attack and on defence Willie was solid on the night. He made the break after receiving the ball form Am to send Kolbe over for the Springboks try which changed the game for them.
Cheslin Kolbe (8)
Come-with the moment come-with the man, Cheslin Kolbe showed why he is rated the best wing in the world. Out of nothing the little magician scored the Springboks crucial try to turn things around in the second half. He was everywhere in the game and saw him even do duty at nine in the match when needed. Five star performance from the winger
Lukhanyo Am (7)
What can we say about Am which has not already been said. His game management is out of this world and as the manager on defence at the back he does more than people realise. He is close to out player of the tournament and again gave us a brilliant performance as he did throughout the test.
Damian de Allende (7)
One can just stand in be amaze of the player Damien De Allende has become and how important he is in this team setup. He always gain meters with ball in hand and his defence is top notch. So much work is being done by the midfielder and he is just getting better and better like red wine
Maybe not the same involvement as in the second test but the winger give every time his 110% for that jersey. Although he left the scoring to Kolbe this week he still made a huge impact in the backline on defence and when he did get ball in hand.
Handré Pollard (5)
Maybe not his best test match this series but still was able to do some great things while he was on the field. His boot let him down a bit on the night but still control the backs. Second half was much better for Pollard than the first.
Did his job but was not his usual self, a bit slow in the first half and struggle with the his game. Much better in the second half and support play and defence good.
Jasper Wiese (6)
Hard worker again and brilliant on defence. Gave his all in the rucks but gave away some penalties as well. Developing player and will get better. Love his energy.
Franco Mostert (7)
Another player you can not fault in a Springbok Jumper. If you have eight Mostert’s in your side you will be world beaters every test match. One of the players of the series for us
Siyamthanda Kolisi (8)
Like last week our captain step up again. He was massive in the loose and defence. As a leader we have a star in Siya and as a player he is the best six in the country by a mile and no one can say otherwise
Lood de Jager (9)
Another candidate for man of the series. If one thinks that he was long injured before the series you realise how good this man was. Tower in the line outs and massive in defence and with ball in hand.
Eben Etzebeth (9)
Eben has develop as one of the stars of this team. His time in France for sure helped his game. He is not just an enforcer anymore but a complete player now. His leadership was brilliant in the pack and left everything on the field.
Frans Malherbe (7)
The last two test was most properly the best we have seen fro Frans in the Springbok jumper. He gave nothing less than 100% in the set pieces and again stand tall in defence. He has develop as a player in open play which makes him such a great player for the Boks.
Bongi Mbonambi (5)
It was unfortunately the worts game we saw from the big man in many years. Struggled in that first half with his line outs and gave away some silly penalties. Did do better later on but we expect a bit more form the quality player we know he is.
Steven Kitshoff (6)
Solid in the set pieces and was part of the defence. Did not stand out like last week but Steven is a rock for the Boks in the front row. Made a few carries as well
Like last week the bench had a huge impact in the game again when it matters. Love the way they stood up to punch out the knocking blow in this test
16 Malcolm Marx (7)
What a game form Marx. Power and grid in the set pieces and massive on defence knocking the Lions back. Again step up when we needed it too
17 Trevor Nyakane (8)
All the hype over Trevor from the pre-season with the Bulls was shown to be true in these last two test matches. Massive again in the scrums and brilliant when we mauled the Lions. Great impact again form Trevor
18 Vincent Koch (7)
Like good wine Vincent just got better as the series got on. Crucial for the Boks in the scrums and stood up nice on defence again. As Trevor massive impact form the big man for the bench
19 Marco van Staden (7)
Marco is a quality player. He may not find the limelight which the fans see but does the dirty work in the dark arts. He did his job brilliantly with a great turnover won as well
20 Kwagga Smith (7)
Best test for Kwagga in the series. He was absolutely brilliant in defence and made 15 tackles 27 minutes he was on the field. Only Lood made more tackles than him. He played a vital role in this victory
21 Herschel Jantjies (5)
We have seen better form Herchel but he did his job. A bit slow behind the rucks and was caught a few times. Did his part on defence and did what was needed.
22 Morné Steyn (8)
He may have only been 15 minutes on the field but he did what we expected from him. BMT again shown from the Bull as he kicked two crucial penalties to seal the test and series again as he did in 2009. His experience in those final minutes was huge for the Springboks
Out man of the Match: Lood de Jager and Eben Etzebeth
We could not separate these two locks. The massive effort they put into every aspect of the game was massive. Disrupting and stealing crucial Lions ball and hot every ruck with the same force they did in the first minute.
What a match from the two big men.
Man of the Series : Siya Kolisi
This was a close call as we had a few players that were brilliant but when it was needed for the captain to stand up and lead his team he did it in the last two test matches.
His leadership is absolutely brilliant and his respect is earned on the field. He has shown that he is the best in his position and when the team needs it he steps up.
He stop two crucial tries in two weeks which could have changed the test matches and series. We are previlige to have a captain like Siyamthanda Kolisi.