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As it happened | Springboks 40-9 Georgia

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02 July 20:58

FULL TIME! SA 40-9 Georgia

It wasn't always pretty, and the Boks were scrappy, but they certainly got better as the match progressed. 

For their first match in 20 months, this is certainly a case of 'job done'. 

SA 40

Tries: Aphelele Fassi, Bongi Mbonambi, Cobus Reinach, Kwagga Smith, Herschel Jantjies, Malcolm Marx

Conversions: Handre Pollard (4), Elton Jantjies

Georgia 9

Penalties: Tedo Abzhandadze (3)

02 July 20:57

79' Boks hitting their straps towards the end here with some strong running phase play, but Georgia turn it over and are in possession as the end draws near ...

02 July 20:53

76' Really nice phase play there from the Boks, wasted again by Elton Jantjies, who cross-kicks straight into touch...

02 July 20:49

73' Another try was on there for the Boks but Elton Jantjies throws a long pass straight into touch when it should have gone through the hands...

02 July 20:47

71' Boks when a penalty and then it breaks out into a bit of a scuffle! 

Jantjies sets up a lineout ...

02 July 20:45


The rolling maul again and that's all too easy for Malcolm Marx!

Boks finishing strong here ...

Jantjies converts

SA 40

Tries: Aphelele Fassi, Bongi Mbonambi, Cobus Reinach, Kwagga Smith, Herschel Jantjies, Malcolm Marx

Conversions: Handre Pollard (4), Elton Jantjies

Georgia 9

Penalties: Tedo Abzhandadze (3)

02 July 20:42

66' Bok penalty on half way and that's a superb kick from Jantjies, who sets up a lineout 5m out ...

02 July 20:41

65' Valuable minutes for Kolisi and Pieter-Steph here, with both still on the park ...

02 July 20:40

64' Boks now have a lineout 35m out.

02 July 20:38

64' Elton Jantjies now on for Pollard ...

02 July 20:34

Jasper Wiese is on for the Boks to make his Test debut...

02 July 20:33

Pollard converts! 

SA 33

Tries: Aphelele Fassi, Bongi Mbonambi, Cobus Reinach, Kwagga Smith, Herschel Jantjies

Conversions: Handre Pollard (4)

Georgia 9

Penalties: Tedo Abzhandadze (3)  

02 July 20:32


Chip through from Pollard, Willemse gathers and almost goes over, but Herschel Jantjies snipes over from the base of the ruck! 

02 July 20:30

57' Boks have a penalty inside Georgia's half now and will set up a lineout again. 

Willemse is playing at No 12, meanwhile, on for Steyn.

02 July 20:29

55' Herschel Janthies and Damian Willemse enter the action from the bench ...

02 July 20:28


The scrum was just too dominant and No 8 Kwagga Smith picked up from the base and went over easily!

Pollard converts!

SA 26

Tries: Aphelele Fassi, Bongi Mbonambi, Cobus Reinach, Kwagga Smith

Conversions: Handre Pollard (3)

Georgia 9

Penalties: Tedo Abzhandadze (3)

02 July 20:26

53' Eventually the scrum gets going and the Boks obliterate Georgia to be awarded another penalty!

One more and it will be another yellow card for the visitors...

02 July 20:22

50' Boks now to scrum from 5m out with Kitshoff, Malherbe and Marx poised ...

02 July 20:21

50' Penalty to Boks again! Georgia's defence holds firm from maul, but they eventually give away the penalty. 

The Boks have now subbed out their entire front row...

02 July 20:19

48' Sustained period of attack from the Boks comes to an end.

The Georgian defence held firm, but the Boks had the penalty advantage and they'll set up another attacking lineout. 

The maul has worked well for SA and there could be points on the cards here ...

02 July 20:16

45' Marvin Orie is on for Eben Etzebeth

02 July 20:15

44' Boks have possession back now just inside their own half ...

02 July 20:14

42' Georgia win the penalty deep in their own half and can clear their lines. Bok discipline was poor in first half and they haven't started well here either ...

02 July 20:08

The Boks were behind for most of that first half, so they will be very pleased to lead by 10 at the break. 

Still, they will expect to be significantly improved in the second period, even if this is their first match in 20 months. 

02 July 19:56

HALF-TIME! SA 19-9 Georgia 

Far from clinical from the Springboks, but they do have the all-important lead thanks to 2 tries after that Georgia yellow card. 

SA 19

Tries: Aphelele Fassi, Bongi Mbonambi, Cobus Reinach 

Conversions: Handre Pollard (2)

Georgia 9

Penalties: Tedo Abzhandadze (3)

02 July 19:53

40' Georgia now back in the Bok half for the first time in a while ...

02 July 19:51


It's Reinach! 

The kick ahead bounced and fell favourably for the Bok srumhalf, who gathered and made no mistake! The Boks are comfortable leaders now! 

Pollard makes no mistake from straight in front. 

SA 19

Tries: Aphelele Fassi, Bongi Mbonambi, Cobus Reinach

Conversions: Handre Pollard (2) 

Georgia 9

Penalties: Tedo Abzhandadze (3)

02 July 19:49

36' Conversion is good from Pollard!

SA 12

Tries: Aphelele Fassi, Bongi Mbonambi

Conversion: Handre Pollard

Georgia 9

Penalties: Tedo Abzhandadze (3)

02 July 19:47


This time, the pressure is too much and Mbonambi goes over from the maul! The Boks hit the front! 

02 July 19:47

35' ANOTHER penalty to the Boks and this time it will be a yellow card for Georgia. 

No 7 Beka Saghinadze is off to the bin! 

Boks set up a lineout once more! 

02 July 19:45

35' It's NO TRY! Pollard was held up. The Boks have the penalty advantage, though, so they'll go again. They MUST get points from this! 

02 July 19:43

34' That looks to be a try for the Boks, but we're going upstairs! Pollard looked to have barged over under the posts ...

02 July 19:41

33' Boks lose the ball from the lineout, but they had the penalty advantage and they'll go again! 

02 July 19:41

32' Penalty to the Boks! 

Finally SA get dominance at the scrum and they have a penalty about 25m out and to the left. 

Pollard sets up the lineout and turns down the points! 

02 July 19:39

31' The Boks look promising on attack, with Specman and Le Roux both on the ball, but it is eventually lost forward as the frustration continues ...

02 July 19:35

29' Another scrum to the Boks, this time 30m out and a chance for points. It's been very scrappy so far...

02 July 19:32

27' Boks now with a scrum 45m out. They'd like to start getting these set pieces right...

02 July 19:31

The kick is GOOD! 

SA 5-9 Georgia


SA 5

Try: Aphelele Fassi

Georgia 9

Penalties: Tedo Abzhandadze (3)

02 July 19:30

24' Penalty to Georgia again with PSDT offsides. This is also very kickable ...

02 July 19:28

23' Another penalty to Georgia as the Boks infringe at the lineout. Discipline just letting the hosts down here...

02 July 19:28

22' Superb take from Willie le Roux, who then sets off on attack before kicking ahead and directly into touch...

02 July 19:26

20 minutes gone and it's Georgia who are surprise 6-5 leaders...

02 July 19:25


Kolisi penalised for lying over the ball and Abzhandadze makes no mistake! Georgia into the lead! 


SA 5

Try: Aphelele Fassi

Georgia 6

Penalties: Tedo Abzhandadze (2)

02 July 19:21

14' The Springboks lose the ball on attack again, and Georgia win the penalty for offsides. 

Boks a little scrappy at the moment, which is to be expected. 

02 July 19:18

11' Reinach kicks over the top, but Georgia make the mark inside their 22m area and they can clear ...

02 July 19:17

10' Frans Steyn loses the ball forward and now Georgia counter ...

02 July 19:15

8' Boks awarded a penalty that is very kickable, but Pollard sets up an attacking lineout just 5m out...
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Hello and welcome to our live coverage of the Springboks taking on Georgia at Loftus Versfeld.
Georgia flyhalf Tedo Abzhandadze gets us underway as his kick-off goes deep into the Bok half with number eight Kwagga Smith knocking on. Scrum to Georgia.
Penalty to Georgia. It's a good first scrum from the Lelos as Trevor Nyakane loses his bind. Abzhandadze slots the penalty between the poles. Georgia 3-0 Springboks.
TRY!! The Boks move it with quick hands to the left and Pieter-Steph du Toit draws two defenders before popping the ball to Aphelele Fassi on the overlap and he shows blistering pace to dot down in the corner on debut. Springboks 5-3 Georgia. Handre Pollard fails to add the extras.
Penalty to the Boks! Ox Nche with a good leg drive and the Georgian tackler didn't roll away. Handre Pollard kicks for the corner. Nothing comes out of it, however.
The Boks secure a turnover after Georgia try to drive out of their own 22 with the maul. But Georgia win it back after Franco Mostert is penalised for a high tackle and the Lelos relieve the pressure as Abzhandadze finds touch on halfway.
Penalty to Georgia! Siya Kolisi fails to roll away and Abzhandadze doubles the lead as he dissects the poles. Springboks 5-6 Georgia.
Penalty to Georgia! Pieter-Steph du Toit is caught offside and Abzhandadze lines up the strike from 33 metres out straight in front and makes no mistake. Springboks 5-9 Georgia.
Penalty to the Boks! Trevor Nyakane makes a big hit on opposite number Guram Gogichashvili and dislodges the ball as the Boks have the feed to the scrum.
Penalty to the Boks! The Boks' maul is sacked by Georgia. Handre Pollard is then held up over the line.
Yellow Card to Georgia! Beka Saghinadze is sent to the bin as the fall guy for repeated infringements from the Lelos.
TRY!! Handre Pollard kicks to touch on Georgia's five-metre line from the resulting penalty and Bongi Mbonambi goes over at the back of the driving maul. Pollard converts. Springboks 12-9 Georgia.
TRY!! The Boks score straight from the kickoff. After breaking from their own 22, Aphelele Fassi gathers a pass brilliantly before kicking ahead with the ball bouncing kindly for Cobus Reinach, who shows a good turn of pace to run in under the poles. Handre Pollard adds the extras. Springboks 19-9 Georgia.
Half-time: Springboks 19-9 Georgia.
Handre Pollard gets the second half underway with a kick deep into Georgia's 22.
Handre Pollard kicks into touch after the Boks win a penalty at the 22. They win another penalty on the five-metre line as an all-new front row takes to the field.
The Boks are turning the screw at scrum-time as the Georgians are given a warning.
TRY!! Another powerful scrum right in front centre field sees eighth man Kwagga Smith pop off the back and show good turn of pace and power to dive over the whitewash. Pollard converts the simplest of kicks. Springboks 26-9 Georgia.
Herschel Jantjies and Damian Wiillemse replace Cobus Reinach and Frans Steyn.
TRY!! Pollard's grubber through is collected by Willemse and he is halted just before the line before Jantjies snipes over from close range from the subsequent breakdown. Pollard notches another conversion. Springboks 33-9 Georgia.
Jasper Wiese takes to the field in place of Eben Etzebeth for his debut. Elton Jantjies comes on soon afterwards for Pollard.
TRY!! The Boks have another lineout on Georgia's five-metre line and Malcolm Marx goes over at the back of another powerful rolling maul. Pollard adds the two. Springboks 40-9 Georgia.
The Boks go on the attack again but Jantjies's floated skip pass goes out to touch when it should have just gone through the hands for Specman, who would have had his debut try,
Jantjies makes another error as his cross-kick is off the mark with Specman the intended recipient once again.
Thanks for joining our live coverage.
Full-time: Springboks 40-9 Georgia.
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5' Fassi Aphelele
35' Mbonambi Bongi
37' Reinach Cobus
55' Smith Kwagga
59' Jantjies Hers...
68' Marx Malcolm
36' Pollard Handre
38' Pollard Handre
55' Pollard Handre
60' Pollard Handre
69' Jantjies Elton
3' Abzhandadze Tedo
19' Abzhandadze Tedo
25' Abzhandadze Tedo
Drop Goals
Yellow Cards
Red Cards
Nche Ox
Mbonambi Bongi
Nyakane Trevor
Etzebeth Eben
Mostert Franco
Kolisi Siya
du Toit Pieter-Steph
Smith Kwagga
Reinach Cobus
Pollard Handre
Fassi Aphelele
Steyn Frans
Kriel Jesse
Specman Rosko
Le Roux Willie
Gogichashvili Guram
Bregvadze Jaba
Melikidze Giorgi
Gigauri Davit
Mikautadze Konsta...
Tsutskiridze Giorgi
Saghinadze Beka
Jalagonia Tornike
Lobzhanidze Vasil
Abzhandadze Tedo
Tapladze Demur
Sharikadze Merab
Kveseladze Giorgi
Tabutsadze Akaki
Niniashvili Davit
Marx Malcolm
Kitshoff Steven
Malherbe Frans
Orie Marvin
Wiese Jasper
Jantjies Elton
Jantjies Herschel
Willemse Damian
Chkoidze Giorgi
Khatiashvili Nikoloz
Japaridze Luka
Cheishvili Nodar
Javakhia Giorgi
Ilia Spanderashvili
Aprasidze Gela
Babunashvili Mikh...