Marcell Coetzee was outstanding at the collisions and breakdowns in Saturday's Test in Port Elizabeth, writes JON CARDINELLI.
The outcome of this one-on-one battle was not unexpected. Heyneke Meyer was forced to make several changes to his pack after the win against Wales, but still had the luxury of selecting some big and experienced forwards. The Boks were expected to dominate the collisions, and Coetzee's job as a fetcher was expected to be that much easier.
That said, Coetzee exceeded expectations. He carried the ball strongly, and was rewarded early on when he scored the Boks' first try from close range. His second came in the second half when the Boks' drove from the lineout.
It was a complete showing from the openside flanker. He made several important steals at the breakdown, and also contributed with some momentum stalling tackles.
His opposite number, Chris Fusaro, spent much of the contest on the back foot. The Scotland forwards were competitive at times, but this was mainly at the set piece.
They came second to the Boks when the game progressed to the second phase and beyond. And on the night, it was Fusaro who came a distant second to Coetzee.
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