SPRINGBOKS DRAMATICALLY LEVEL TEST SERIES

SPRINGBOKS DRAMATICALLY LEVEL TEST SERIES

A great last-quarter comeback gave South Africa a 32-26 second Test victory over Ireland in Johannesburg on Saturday that levelled the series with one match left. Trailing by 16 points with 20 minutes to go, the Springboks scored three tries to triumph after the Irish had built a 19-3 half-time advantage.

Centre Damian de Allende scored the matchwinning try five minutes from time when he brushed off two tackles to dot down and Elton Jantjies converted before adding a penalty. Winger Ruan Combrinck, a half-time replacement for Mvovo, finally gave the frustrated crowd something to cheer when he dived over in the corner after an electric break by full-back Willie le Roux. Jantjies converted to trim the gap to nine points only
for Ireland to hit back within two minutes as No. 8 Jamie Heaslip claimed a pushover try off a line-out and Jackson converted. A scoring burst brought a third try within nine minutes as substitute No 8 Warren Whiteley went over for the Springboks but Jantjies could not convert, leaving Ireland 26-15 ahead.

But as the match entered the closing stages, the momentum was with the Springboks and lock Pieter-Steph du Toit scored beside the post, Jantjies converted and the Irish lead was down to four points.

De Allende then scored to give South Africa a dramatic triumph.

The third, series-deciding Test will be next Saturday in Port Elizabeth.