Boks continue to build
While the Springboks faced criticism for their performance this past weekend, credit must go to a brave Scottish side. Particularly in the first half, the visitors placed relentless pressure on their hosts. The Scots offered intensity at the collisions and prospered by getting over the gain-line.
Alasdair Strokosch was the primary culprit. In spite of these tactics, the Boks showed their experience in overcoming a highly-energised Scottish side comprising a number of debutants.
A fitting example was during the second half when Jim Hamilton was sin-binned for striking Eben Etzebeth. My Stormers team-mate showed maturity in not retaliating and from that point, I felt the pendulum swung in the Boks’ favour.The Boks began to dominate territory and possession and made good use of the driving maul, from which they were awarded a penalty try.
Most crucially, the Boks began to dictate first phase, which in turn offered the backs good go-forward ball.JJ Engelbrecht again impressed in the No 13 jersey and looked dangerous on attack - notching up another try in the infancy of his Bok career. While outside centre is a very technical position from a defensive point of view, the more he plays there, the more he will learn.Another young player who stood tall against Scotland was debutant Siya Kolisi.
The man of the match accolade was one, which Siya richly deserved. He is a great team ambassador and always gives his all to the cause.... Read the full, comprehensive news article and discuss at SPORT24