South African Rugby

Thursday, August 23, 2007

Too many guinness the night before

South Africa stuttered to a narrow 18-3 win over Irish provincial team Connacht.

The Springboks laboured against the weakest of the four Irish teams who won only four games from 20 in last season's Irish League.

The sole score of the first-half came Butch James playing in the centre to accommodate Ruan Pienaar at flyhalf, fired over a penalty from in front of the posts.

South African wing Ashwin Willemse then crossed for a try four minutes into the second half, during which both sides made a raft of replacements.

Replacement No 8 Jacques Cronje scored South Africa's second try, and Butch James this time made no mistake with a conversion.

South Africa will now face Scotland in Edinburgh on Saturday in their final warm-up game before their opening World Cup clash on September 9 against the bruiser Samoans.
Jack white mentioned that his team struggled to get momentum going and when they did, they failed to finish off their attacks.


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