Tuesday, July 23, 2019

THE Rugby Championship - Round 1 WRap

South Africa top the table after decisive defeat of Australia at Ellis Park, 35-17. Debutante 9 for Springboks, Herschel Jantjies, grounded a brace for a 10 count, scoring from a position of sublime support as well as from a short side break, while his halfback partner, Elton Jantjies (no relation), counted 10 on the conversion of all five home trys.  S’busiso Nkosi closed in front of his hometown crowd, second row Lood de Jager got one and relief scrumhalf, Cobus Reinhard, dotted the fifth South African try in extra time.  

Travelers 10, Bernie Foley, counted an even dozen on a base triple of 1-1-1 and flyer, Dane Haylett-Petty, got the other Aussie nickel. Kurtley Beale, from a clinically-incised cutter at the 22 subsequent to an abso wizardly offload to Foley for the flyhalf’s grounding, was a sparkler in the midfield for the visitors.

New Zealand earned the hard-fought victory over Argentina on the trot in Buenos Aires, 20-16; which, the All Blacks would most likely have liked to have won in a more demonstrative manner had they their druthers. But, not to be, as Pumas pushed World Rugby’s number one-rated XV right up closeby the precipice before only conceding at the whistle.

New Zealand got all theirs in the first forty on a brace of groundings by galloping poacher, Brodie Retallick,  and bullocking first five-eighths Ngani Laumape, and 20-9 for visitors at the break, all Pumas points struck off the toe of Nico Sanchez. An early second stanza score by home 15, Emiliano Boffelli, and its completion by Sanchez tightened tallies to 20 and 16, but defense ruled the remainder of the Test and four points that final margin and also four the points haul for SA. Victory was there for the home team at the death after a won 5-meter lineout’s maul crabbed sideways yet not to goal and upon collapse, the Sir’s last blast and the record. 

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