Do Not Sell My Personal Information
RugbyDump RugbyDump
Sunday Jun 26, 2016

Springboks clinch series victory with tense win over Ireland in deciding Test

Springboks clinch series victory with tense win over Ireland in deciding Test

The Springboks turned things around to claim a 19-13 third Test win, and 2-1 series triumph after another hard-fought Test against Ireland that was filled with plenty of drama. Each side scored a try apiece, as the Boks held on in the dying minutes thanks in part to dynamic scrumhalf Faf de Klerk.

However it was De Klerk who gave the ball back to Ireland with less than three minutes left in the match, and the visitors almost made him pay had it not been for his crucial spot tackle on full time.

Earlier Willie Le Roux may have been lucky to escape with just a yellow carded after he collided with fullback Tiernan O’Halloran in the air, from which Ireland took full advantage to score a Luke Marshall try while South Africa were down to 14 men.

Le Roux was cited and has since been suspended for one week.

On the stroke of halftime the Springboks scored from a perfectly placed Elton Jantjies crosskick, with experienced JP Pietersen going over in the corner after a nicely taken outstretched catch.

The home side had just 30% of possession but managed to sort out their defensive issues of the previous two Tests and lifted themselves to hang on against a quality Irish side who won a Test in South Africa for the first time in their opening game (26-20), then went down 32-26 the following week.

Just six points seperated the two teams in each one of the three Tests.

“We started the series with a loss and we were 19-3 down in Johannesburg. And here today we were really put to the test, so I am very pleased in the result and series win,” Bok coach Allister Coetzee said.

“The performance of senior players was great. What was also pleasing was the way the new players adapted to test match rugby. There are many instinctive players in the team, but they learned valuable lessons from the step-up to test rugby.

“This is all part of the building process for this team and the foundation looks solid.”

credit: skysports


  • katman
    8:32 AM 28/06/2016

    Making the second (lower/later) jumping player entirely responsible for the wellbeing of the first (higher/earlier) jumping player is a stupid concept, in my humble opinion. If the ref honestly feels that the second player cynically brought the other player down, then perhaps yes. But in most of these cases both players are clearly jumping for the ball. And I'm sorry, but if you're jumping 6 feet into the air, towards an onrushing, jumping human, then you should shoulder some of the responsibility for your own safety. Because now a jump has simply become a free pass to claim either the ball or a penalty or both. We even see players leaping up to catch a high-ish pass or a bouncing grubber, making him immediately off limits for any would-be defender. If we cannot find an acceptable way to give the defender a fair shake at stopping an advancing player who jumps up before contact, then we should outlaw jumping altogether (he said with dripping sarcasm). I mean, later in this game, two Irish players failed to scream "mine" and clattered into each other at high speed in mid-air. Their intentions were just as cynical as le Roux's or Stander's (i.e. not at all) and the resulting clash was equally dangerous. Why not give the slightly lower/later of the two a yellow card in the name of consistency?

  • drg
    1:15 AM 28/06/2016

    He said in the name of player welfare they were the same.... I'd agree, both incidents were dealt with as a result of care of player safety. Knocks to heads are what is the main drive here. Neither incident was judged on its own merits and in the context of the game. They were only judged on the outcome. Neither contact should be particularly punishable in any contact sport.... so the fallacy of world rugby direction rules over common sense...

  • bunn
    9:32 PM 27/06/2016

    The two incidents weren't the same aside from contact between two players! None of the same laws were involved and the Stander one was essentially off the ball

  • djmidnight
    2:38 PM 27/06/2016

    The inconsistency of the refereeing decisions is what promotes anger, in the name of player welfare, both the Stander and LeRoux incidents were the same, if both had been yellow or both red, then no problem. Glen Jackson is a bit of a wimp when it comes to making tough decisions against the home (or Southern hemisphere) team.

  • ahrefuronlyabolix
    9:59 AM 27/06/2016

    No anger, just frustration at the inconsistency in reffing these days. All too often decisions seem to be biased towards the home team. In all fairness, one would need some minerals to give a harsh call against the Boks in SA. If a ref is going make a call whether to give a yellow or red card based on the out come of an action then both Stander and Le Roux would be red. The refs in both cases agreed neither player was able to effectively compete for the ball but Le Roux as only given a Yellow, hows that happen? I think Ireland could have won but made too many mistakes and again showed their lack of ability to finish off a number of opportunities. Some players came out with good credit, Toner, Henderson, Furlong and McGrath but as a team we've a long way to go before having a sniff a beating the All Blacks.

  • drg
    6:42 PM 26/06/2016

    *breaks out crash helmet in anticipation of angry Irishmen commenting on the Le Roux yellow card*

  • jimmy23
    2:32 PM 26/06/2016

    There's something ever so baffling about the fact that the test Ireland won was the one they spent most of the game a man down with.


Great Tries

View All

Big Hits & Dirty Play

View All

See It To Believe It

View All


View All


View All

Player Features

View All
Springboks clinch series victory with tense win over Ireland in deciding Test | RugbyDump - Rugby News & Videos