The Scottish Mail on Sunday

Dream de­but for Cronje sparks Spring­bok surge

- By Sean Vin­cent

ROSS CRONJE marked his first start for South Africa with a try as a late charge from the Spring­boks was enough to see off France.

The hosts started brightly and kicked them­selves into a 6-0 lead in Pre­to­ria.

The con­test sparked to life in the 32nd minute as Jesse Kriel’s blis­ter­ing break saw the cen­tre crash over.

South Africa were 13-0 ahead but the French re­sponded, and they scored a try of their own just be­fore half-time.

Rac­ing Metro star Henry Cha­vancy fin­ished off a pa­tient move to put the tourists on the score­board.

France struck first af­ter the break through Bap­tiste Serin. The scrum-half’s try was con­verted by Jules Plis­son and the French were within two points at 16-14 be­hind.

How­ever, the Spring­boks pro­duced a stun­ning last quar­ter of rugby to claim vic­tory.

On the hour mark, Court­nall Skosan was im­peded on the try-line and a penalty try was awarded. A minute later, debu­tant Cronje evaded a weak tackle in mid­field and sprinted clear to score.

The 14 points scored in two min­utes floored the French and South Africa scored again on 68 min­utes when Jan Ser­fontein fin­ished off a clever move in­volv­ing An­dries Coet­zee and Fran­cois Hougaard.

 ??  ?? FLY­ING START: try-scorer Cronje
FLY­ING START: try-scorer Cronje

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