3.24pm – 2srcmin
Romania have toughened up from the early onslaught they weathered. Tougher defence, they get a penalty, make some ground, line-out, maul into the Boks’ half. They make some runs
No score to the Boks for the last 8min as Romania regroup to some extent
Another penalty Romania, just inside Bok half on the right
And a water break
3.src5pm – 3min – Try! – SA 5 Rom src
Big scrum … Reinach picks up from the scrum and has a bus width to run through and dot on the right.
From the KO there was a line-out, a penalty, scrum, try, Boks on the board
How the official website, RugbyWorldCup.com, profiles the game:
South Africa mixed physicality and pacy brilliance in equal measure when they beat Scotland 18-3 in Marseille seven days ago. We should expect more of the same, despite a much-changed team
Head coach Jacques Nienaberhas made 14 changes to his starting XV following their 18-3 victory against Scotland. Damian Willemse is the only player to keep his place, although the Stormers utility back starts at flyhalf instead of full-back.
A cornerstone of the Springboks’ campaign at RWC 2src19 was the manner in which squad players stood up when called on, enabling the coaching staff to rest key personnel. Jacques Nienaber will want to see something similar this afternoon.
Eugen Apjok’s Romania, meanwhile, showed glimpses of genuine quality despite losing 82-8 to Ireland last weekend – they shocked Andy Farrell’s side into action with an early try. Going up against the first and second-ranked sides in the world in a week is as tough as it gets, but Oaks will be out to impress against the Springboks this afternoon.
South Africa and Romania face each other in a test match for only the second time today. They last met in Cape Town during Rugby World Cup 1995.
It was 3src May, 1995. Adriaan Richter scored two tries to help South Africa to a 21-8 win against the Oaks in front of 45,srcsrcsrc fans at Newlands in both sides’ second match of that year’s Rugby World Cup.
The Springboks had already beaten Australia, and would later get the better of Canada, Western Samoa, France and New Zealand to lift the Webb Ellis Cup.
KEY TALKING POINT
The RWC-ending injury to South African hooker Malcolm Marx has dominated headlines out of their Toulon base camp. But we cannot ignore, either, coach Nienaber’s decision to select four scrumhalves for this match.
Cobus Reinach starts at scrumhalf, with Jaden Hendrikse providing cover off the replacements’ bench; Grant Williams shows his versatility by starting on the right wing, and Faf de Klerk will provide flyhalf cover from the bench. After the notorious 7-1 bench against New Zealand, Nienaber and Erasmus are maintaining the innovation…
Damian Willemse v Hinckley Vaovasa. Forget the impending scrum-half chaos and look one position further out, as Willemse swaps in for Manie Libbok in the Springbok ranks to team up with Cobus Reinach at the hinge for the first time.
It’s the second time in as
…. to be continued
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