More of the same for Durban

More of the same for Durban

Rassie has kept the same squad as last week for the final test against the Irish.

The Boks usually struggle a bit for teams cohesion in the first tests of the season. However one can already see the influence of Tony Brown on the attack with the Boks much more willing to take the ball wide. PSTD and Kolisi both featured strongly close to the side lines in the build up to KLA’s try.

The Boks were guilty of turning over too much ball through errors. Faf de Klerk had a torrid time as the wily Irish either using the “swing the butt while bound tactic” or hassling from offside positions at the Bok rucks. The ref did pick up on a couple of incidents but they still got away with plenty. The Boks will have to do a better job of cleaning at the rucks.

I did feel at times the Boks overdid the playing wide tactic as it became predictable and the Irish adapted well. Surprisingly the Bok scrum also struggled initially but the bomb squad managed an absolute monster to gain a penalty try when needed.

This was the first Bok game of the season for a couple of players so I expect the Boks will be a bit improved this weekend. The Irish adjusted their defense once they were caught out wide and will put up a tougher challenge this weekend – should make for a humdinger.

15 Willie le Roux, 14 Cheslin Kolbe, 13 Jesse Kriel, 12 Damian de Allende, 11 Kurt-Lee Arendse, 10 Handre Pollard, 9 Faf de Klerk, 8 Kwagga Smith, 7 Pieter-Steph du Toit, 6 Siya Kolisi (c), 5 Franco Mostert, 4 Eben Etzebeth, 3 Frans Malherbe, 2 Bongi Mbonambi, 1 Ox Nche.
Subs: 16 Malcolm Marx, 17 Gerhard Steenekamp, 18 Vincent Koch, 19 Salmaan Moerat, 20 RG Snyman, 21 Marco van Staden, 22 Grant Williams, 23 Sacha Feinberg-Mngomezulu.

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