Monday, May 27, 2024

South Africa: Rampant Springboks Cruise Past Romania

In a commanding display at the World Cup, South Africa left no room for doubt as they bulldozed Romania, firmly establishing themselves as frontrunners for the cup.

➤ With minutes to go:

Rumours have filtered down that Handré Pollard will join the Springbok squad. No surprise there. He comes to Paris as the answer to the Springboks’ kicking problems. Ironically, Manie Libbok is not in today’s team.

The other news is that Eben Etzebeth’s injury is not as serious as previously feared and he will be available for next week’s crucial match against Ireland.

➤ 1st half:

Ireland scored 12 tries against Romania. Can South Africa beat the try count? It looks like it, as it takes the Boks 12 minutes to run in four tries – two for Cobus Reinach, and one each for Makazole Mapimpi and Damian Willemse.

Willemse has missed a conversion and it’s an easy one at that.

Since the try at 12 minutes, play has unravelled somewhat. Maintaining that level of urgency when leading by 26 points with all questions already answered, it’s not easy.

It takes another 12 minutes before Cobus Reinach falls over for his hattrick try.

With ten minutes to go, Romania shines for a while. To great cheers from the appreciative crowd, they get over the advantage line twice and almost score from a lineout. The Springbok tryline, however, remains intact.

➤ 2nd half:

Deon Fourie comes into the hooker position and his first two lineouts, though at the front, are immaculate. He is rewarded with a try after four minutes of the half.