Late surge not enough for SA schools

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - FRONT PAGE - MIKE DE BRUYN

co­he­sion and were guilty of poor dis­ci­pline which in­cluded a yel­low card.

The Welsh played at a high pace and spun the ball through the hands at just about ev­ery oc­ca­sion, while SA’s game­plan with the for­wards at the heart of it with rolling mauls and pick-and-go’s has to be ques­tioned.

Why not run the ball wide like they did to bag their first five-pointer in the first half rather than rum­ble it at close quar­ters is some­thing for the coach­ing staff to sort out. Mod­ern-day teams are de­fen­sively strong and able to counter most phys­i­cal as­saults as the Welsh­men showed.

And they were never headed on the score­board once they had opened up a 10-point lead barely five min­utes in.

No8 Greggain cap­i­talised on a poor tac­ti­cal kick from Boks fly­half Christo­pher Schreuder that net­ted him a try af­ter neat in­ter­play with left­wing Dewi Cross, and Evans added the ex­tras and then goaled a pen- alty to make it 10-0.

The Boks cre­ated chances only to snuff them out with both for­wards and backs off-colour mak­ing ba­sic mis­takes. But the home side did half the deficit thanks to a try by full­back Bo­ni­anga Mpeku who rounded off a line move to the left.

Evans landed three more penal­ties to give Wales a half­time lead of 14 points.

The Boks came out for the sec­ond 35 min­utes fir­ing and re­duced the deficit to five points thanks to three penalty goals from Schreuder.

Wales went 22-14 up af­ter an­other penalty from Evans be­fore Greggain nabbed his brace.

Two quick tries from the hosts made it a two-point game with three min­utes left but it was a lit­tle too late for SA.

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