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Bok ratings: Willemse, Willie shine as attacking masters - old and new - compensate for stalwarts

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Willie le Roux. (Photo by Christiaan KOTZE / AFP)
Willie le Roux. (Photo by Christiaan KOTZE / AFP)

To borrow some Star Wars parlance, the dramatic first Test between the Springboks and Wales at Loftus ultimately turned out to be an occasion where two Jedi Masters - one used to the title and the other his protege recently elevated into the role - wreaked havoc.

Indeed, for the first 40 minutes it seemed that Damian Willemse was intent on merely playing out the cliche that the apprentice had become the master, in the process being a shining beacon in a combination that misfired badly in that period.

Yet, as it turned out, the enigmatic Willie le Roux was not content to just smile on approvingly - circumstances had dictated that, as the very loosely-termed veteran of the South African backline, he had to take the lead in conjuring up his playmaking powers to pull this match out of the fire.

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