Impressive show by young Boks

2013-08-20 00:00

SOUTH Africa’s 14-13 win over Wales on Saturday in the final game of the SA School’s International series gave the young Boks three wins out of three after beating France and England earlier.

With a large squad of 28 players, the coaching staff mixed things up from game to game, which didn’t help with continuity.

On Saturday the game was played on the HTS Drostdy field in Worcester.

Strong winds complicated matters for both teams from the outset and forced them to eliminate kicking from their game. This in turn resulted in most of the rugby being played in the middle of the field in the first half, with the teams sticking to a tight gameplan with close passing.

Wales opened the scoring with a penalty before Jean-Luc du Preez (Kearsney) scored after some good forward pressure and with flyhalf Brandon Thomson (Ermelo) converting, giving SA a 7-3 lead. Their lead was short-lived as Wales right wing Ashton Hewitt out-sprinted two defenders to dot down over the tryline from a perfect grubber kick to put them into a one-point lead.

The home team continued to stamp their authority as the half neared a close as they camped in Wales’s 22 with the forwards building phases in an attempt to bash their way over the advantage line. The pressure eventually got to Wales, who committed numbers to the breakdown, but neglected the wing out wide. The ball was passed to Leolin Zass (Hermanus), who scored and with Thomson again adding the extra points earned SA an encouraging 14-8 lead at the break, which would prove to be enough.

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