Wednesday Jun 28, 2017

South Africa 'A' round off series with comfortable win over French Barbarians

South Africa 'A' round off series with comfortable win over French Barbarians
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The South Africa ‘A’ recorded their second victory over the French Barbarians in as many weeks with a 48-28 win at the Orlando Stadium in Soweto last weekend.

As expected after the previous week’s encounter, which the hosts won 36-28, this match was yet another try-fest with the home side dominating from the outset to take a comfortable victory. Testament to how open the game was, was that each side had touched down inside the opening five minutes.

South Africa’s elusive fullback Warrick Gelant brilliantly side-stepped the French defence to sprint home within the first minute, while Fabrice Estebanez crossed following a deft chip ahead from Frédéric Michalak.

The home side were soon down to 14-men for the remainder of the match when Ruan Botha was shown a straight red card (see below) for a shoulder strike on Estebanez at a ruck. The visitors were also reduced – albeit for 10 minutes – to 14 men as well when Jean-Baptiste Dubie was sin-binned.

The teams then spent the next 10 minutes battering each other through the forwards and bagged a push-over try apiece for a 14-14 game after half an hour.

But the Springbok A team had more in the tank and pulled away either side of the break. First, loosehead prop Ox Nche ran nearly half the pitch and showed a remarkable turn of speed to cross for the Bok’s third try, while flanker Chris Cloete touched down a minute into the second period.

From then on it was a case of stretching the advantage for the Springboks and they did so impressively despite the deficit in numbers. They ran out easy victors with further tries from Lionel Mapoe and Gelant to round out the game.

MATCH HIGHLIGHTS:

BOTHA’S RED CARD:

4 Comments

  •  katman
    katman

    And they actually took that interview more seriously than both their games.

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  •  vladimir
    vladimir

    The best moment is during the post-game interview: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WMC3loaw9bc

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  •  drg
    drg

    Disgusting behaviour.... I'd expect no less than a 10 week ban... But taking everything into account, it's against the French, so a 100% reduction, a formal apology from Monsieur Macron, a wheel of cheese and a fine bottle of rouge, should be the final judgement.

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  •  pdg
    pdg

    Deserves a long ban for a cheap shot..Time to eradicate this type of no arm contact by setting an example of a 10 week plus ban

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