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It was one of that ugly test matches we do see but it make it so pretty when you win it at the end and get a spot in the World Cup Final.

The Springboks bench made a huge difference to give the Springboks a 19-16 win over Wales on Sunday.

We did not play much rugby but at the end like Naas always say:” Look at the Scoreboard”

It was a nervous start as Wales try to exit but did not get it out with Pollard kicking a bomb which setup the first scrum for the Springboks.

Wales made their intonations known when they started the bombs on the Springbok back three which almost worked out first up.

Springboks was kicking a lot as we expected but not really finding the target early on.

A great run by Nkosi resulted in a penalty which Pollard took full advantage off to put the Springboks in the early lead after 16 minutes.

Wales looked the better side on attack as they were willing to get the ball out wide and forced a penalty which Biggar knocked over to level the scores at 3-all.

It was a contest between Pollard and Biggar with Pollard getting another penalty over to take the Springboks in the lead again .

It was not pretty but the Springboks were putting all the pressure on Wales in their own half and they got rewarded with another penalty from Pollard after a lineout drive.

This gave the Springboks a 9-3 lead after 34 minutes in the first half.

Wales got one back just before halftime with Biggar that kicked his second penalty over to make it 9-6.

The second half the teams sticked to their kicking games to start off with.

Wales was first to get points with a penalty from Biggar after some silly mistakes from the Springboks in their own half to make the scores level at 9-all.

Rassie Erasmus made a few changes and suddenly the Springboks pack were taking the ball with some effort and it was Pollard that spark a break which end up with a brilliant power try by De Allende.

This gave the Springboks a 16-9 lead again.

Wales hit back immediately when they went for a scrum five meters out to send Josh Adams over in the corner to level the score again at 16-all.

It was nervous time for both sides but the Springboks bench seemed to had the better on the Wales side in that final 10 minutes.

It was a penalty kick from Pollard gave the Springboks the lead with 8 minutes to go. It was hard work but the Springboks took it back again to Wales half.

It was a brilliant scrum from the Springboks that sealed the game with a penalty which Pollard kicked out.

This was not pretty but it is a sign of a good team that can win ugly.


Wales: Tries – Josh Adams Conversions – Leigh Halfpenny Penalties – Dan Biggar(3)

Springboks: Tries – Damian de Allende Conversions – Handre Pollard Penalties – Handre Pollard(4)

What was said after the game…



  1. Yep congrats !
    Long time such we seen such bok commitment like this.
    I don’t like the gameplan but big balls to pull that through

  2. Well, it was not pretty. And the usual suspects were terrible (Willie and Faf both dropped key catches; Kolisi was NOWHERE – and thank goodness for Flow replacement!). But we earned the right to be in the final. And NO MATTER WHAT: NZ will NOT be in the final.

  3. I see the English think they’ve already won after their AB performance – this bok team is gonna fly into them I reckon – just as they did to ABs.

    Problem with the English is their own arrogance, and they overplay their own importance – if it weren’t for jones and Mitchell they’d be nowhere near the level they at both skill-wise (attack and defence), selection-wise, and maybe most importantly, psychological wise. Jones just keeps them on terra firms on track cos their natural inclinations are to fk it all up.

    I thought they might win it, but now I see all this goo ha press coverage , i might laugh v hard. I reckon the boks are going to go into this as huge underdogs and nothing, nothing at all, is better for a bok team in a final.

    England have beaten the ABs, they haven’t beaten the Boks. Totally different beasts. Boks can beat them upfront if boks get stuck in like we know they can do. Rassie gotta develop a plan for curry and Itoje tho at breakdown otherwise we will lose too much turnover – but we also got better players than nz to combat this too – gotta protect our ball. Marx Vermeulen Flo etc

  4. Today was close but the welsh haven’t played a Bok team like that in many years.

    The scrum is v powerful. Both sets of props. Bongi and Kolisi smack ppl back in the tackle – all the forwards do. Vermeulen was running v hard today – hardest I seen in ages – back to his best. Yster strong as an ox held everything up. PSDT just unbelievable – by far the best forward in the world – sheer effort and impact is unmatched.

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