Sunday, November 29, 2009

After being dominated for all of the final quarter, the world champions produced frantic late pressure with Tendai Mtawarira charging to within inches of the Irish line

SHOOT: Ireland edged the Boks 15-10. The Boks tackled like crazy, because they lost possession throughout the game. Since the kicking was off, so was a win for the world champs. Not much of a victory tour but it has to be said they were in it at the death after a very long, tough season.
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Ireland captain Brian O'Driscoll
Jonathan Sexton's five penalties proved enough for Ireland as they edged out South Africa at a misty Croke Park.

Sexton's penalty gave Ireland an early lead but Schalk Burger's try and five points by Morne Steyn helped the world champions move 10-6 ahead at half-time.

Steyn missed chances to extend South Africa's lead but in contrast, the nerveless Sexton slotted three penalties to put Ireland in control.

South Africa produced late pressure but Ireland deservedly held on.

The injury-hit Springboks were under-strength but the win nevertheless continued Ireland's upward curve after their Grand Slam triumph last spring.

Both teams produced running rugby in the early stages.

The South African line-out was under pressure early on with captain John Smit, back at hooker, struggling to find his jumpers.

Schalk Burger and Paddy Wallace
Schalk Burger scores South Africa's try despite Paddy Wallace's efforts
Brian O'Driscoll's massive hit on Zane Kirchner ensured the vital injury-time turnover as the Irish completed a famous victory.
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