What NICK MALLETT had to say on SuperSport about the Springboks’ 24-18 win over Argentina at Loftus in Pretoria on Saturday.
It was a disappointing match. Apart from Sbu Nkosi’s superb performance, it was a frustrating game with lots of stoppages and mistakes.
And that’s understandable when you play a pick up side like this. These guys, although they might have been part of the camp, hardly any of them have played together. And getting Marcell Coetzee off so early also disrupted things.
Give full credit to Argentina because their intensity was far better, they held up better in the scrums than they did last week and they just got set piece ball comfortably.
It could have been anyone’s game. But for an obstruction there was a wonderful try – or non-try – they scored at the end there with a little chip and catch and pass. And referee and TMO decided there was an obstruction on Vincent Koch. So the Boks were reasonably fortunate to get through this game.
I took a look and apart Sbu Nkosi, Jesse Kriel, Elton Jantjies, Coetzee – who was good for the very short time he was on the field –and maybe Frans Steyn when he came on, I didn’t think anyone else really put there hand up.
Both locks were quiet, but it was one of those games where there wasn’t any continuity and they’re both good with continuity so I think they’ll go to the World Cup.