Springboks Beat The Irish
Springboks Beat The Irish: South Africa had the lion’s share of possession in the opening quarter but were frustrated by a combination of handling errors and stout Irish defence. Silence turned to whistles when JP Pietersen infringed at the breakdown and gifted Jackson another three points, before Jantjies missed two makeable penalty kicks in quick succession. Things got worse for South Africa when Devin Toner crashed over following smart work from Andrew Trimble and Jared Payne, and the Springboks were roundly booed off the pitch at half-time. The hosts started the second half with more purpose but continued to be undermined by unforced errors.
There was relief when replacement wing Ruan Combrinck bulldozed over in the corner after a slick break by Willie Le Roux, but Ireland hit back immediately with a try from Jamie Heaslip. When Pieter-Steph du Toit showed tremendous strength to shrug off a slew of tacklers and score under the posts, Ireland were suddenly reeling. But while the Lions players served as the inspiration, one could also argue that it was a return to finally getting the basics right, a return to the physicality required and an injection of pace in the right areas that finally got the Boks over the line.
South Africa – try: Ruan Combrinck, Waren Whiteley, Pieter-Steph du Toit, Damian de Allende. Conversions: Elton Jantjies (3) Penalties: Elton Jantjies (2)
Ireland – try: Devon Toner, Jamie Heaslip. Conversions: Paddy Jackson (2). Penalties: Jackson (4)