The Springboks rule the Rugby Championship!
Rassie Erasmus’ team produced a dominant display in scoring five tries to one in a 46-13 triumph against
The Wallabies had walloped the All Blacks 47-26 in
Flyhalf Handre Pollard was the star of the show, scoring a South African record 31 points against
It was a well deserved tournament victory, with Erasmus’ team the most consistent in the single-round format.
Of course, it’s all about the Rugby World Cup that starts in
Well done guys!! Congratulations on a splendid victory and successful campaign. pic.twitter.com/eYYWf4Xiq6— Springboks (@Springboks) August 10, 2019
But it was actually the hosts who made the better start on Saturday.
They played with better cohesion initially, and after flyhalf Nicolas Sanchez broke the line, he pulled off an excellent cross-kick for wing Santiago Cordero to dot down inside two minutes.
Considering how the Aussies were on top against
But the visiting forwards, lead by the powerful front row of Tendai Mtawarira, Bongi Mbonambi and Trevor Nyakane, slowly got on top of their opponents and earned a number of penalties from French referee Romain Poite.
Pollard slotted his first three-pointer in the ninth minute, and soon after that, the South African forwards stamped their authority on their opponents.
Eben Etzebeth claimed a five-metre lineout, and Bongi Mbonambi controlled the ball at the back of the maul to dive over.
Pollard, though, broke the game open as following a concerted Bok attack, the pivot powered over just before halftime to extend the lead to 24-13 at the break.
Handle Pollard.— Springboks (@Springboks) August 10, 2019
Man of the Match !
Well played!! pic.twitter.com/cmvJ6o2bCz
The 25-year-old No 10 banged over another penalty early in the second half to virtually end the game as a contest at 27-13.
Erasmus’ men could’ve just gone through the motions for the rest of the match, but they showed a pleasing ruthlessness that was missing in the 16-16 draw against the All Blacks to finish off the Argentinians.
A classy offload by replacement prop Steven Kitshoff put Franco Mostert into a gap, and the No 5 lock nearly went all the over. Pollard got the five-pointer – his second of the game – and with that, the title was secured.
The Boks weren’t done, though, as Makazole Mapimpi rounded off in the left-hand corner, and wing mate Cheslin Kolbe benefited from a brilliant Frans Steyn dummy to score on the right.
Thank you to our opponents, Argentina, Australia and New Zealand for another epic Castle Larger Rugby Championship! The road to the Rugby World Cup begins now… @unionargentina @qantaswallabies @AllBlacks pic.twitter.com/oQ4LoZUlVK— Springboks (@Springboks) August 10, 2019
Argentina 13 – Tries: Santiago Cordero. Conversion: Nicolas Sanchez (1). Penalties: Sanchez (2).
South Africa 46 – Tries: Bongi Mbonambi, Handre Pollard (2), Makazole Mapimpi, Cheslin Kolbe. Conversions: Pollard (3). Penalties: Pollard (5).@ashfakmohamed