BOKS REMAIN UNBEATEN
By: Siyabonga Ngcobo
The Springboks remain unbeaten in the Incoming Series following their 30-17 victory over Scotland at Mbombela Stadium on Saturday.
Scotland started the game by pressure on the Boks at the early minutes of the match. After six minutes, South African coach, Heyneke Meyer, substituted Arno Botha who suffered from a knee injury, replacing him with Siya Kolisi who became the man of the match on his debut game.
On the 16th minutes, both teams committed penalties and they converted them to make the score on 3-3.
As the game was getting more intense, Boks managed to get another penalty which Morne Steyn converted and the score was 6-3. Two minutes later Scotland’s winger, Tommy Seymour, made a chip kick and centre Matt Scott got the ball to make a break after scoring a try. Laidlaw converted it and Scotland was leading by 10-6.
The Springboks seemed to be panicking as all their way moving forward was easily blocked. They failed to convert three penalties which would put them ahead before the half time.
Early in the second half, Scotland continued where they finished off as their centre Alex Dunbar scored a try and Landlaw converting it to put Scotland on 17-6. Soon afterwards, SA made a comeback as the referee gave them a try penalty. Steyn converted to make the score 13 -17.
Scotland’s locker, Jim Hamilton slapped Bok’s Eben Etzebeth and was booked a yellow card. SA attacked and their centre JJ Engelbrecht scored a try. Boks were back on lead as Steyn converted to put them on 20-17.
The game got more intense and the Boks made more changes including Morne Steyn for Patrick Lambie who on the 75th minute converted a penalty to put Springboks on 23-17.
Kolisi made a good run and after he was played rough, the Boks were awarded a penalty and decided to go with line out. The Boks attacked and Serfontein scored a try which Lambie converted to seal the score as 30-17 in favour of the home side.
South African Captain, Jean de Villiers said, “I’m happy with the win. Definitely not happy with the performance, we need to work on our breakdowns, but I thought we showed character.”