By our (not-so-neutral) sports-commentator
On Saturday, the Springboks clinched a series win over England at the Free-State Stadium in Bloemfontein. The Boks won 23-12 in front of a feverishly excited crowd. Adding to the euphoria, Tendai “The Beast” Mtawarira ran on to win his 100th Test Cap for South Africa. The front-rower becomes the 6th South African to hit this mark, and only the 8th prop to achieve this in the history of the game.
Much like the first match at Ellis Park in Johannesburg last Saturday the visitors started strongly, moving out to a 12 point lead with tries by the two wingers, Johnny May and Mike Brown. The Springboks stormed back, however, led by their Talisman, Duane Vermuelen. After a trade-mark break by the Beast, the Bok number 8 stepped inside his opposite number, Billy Vunipola, before powering over the line. Later, after the starting props were replaced by Steven Kitshoff and Thomas “The Tank” Du Toit, the Springbok pack earned a penalty try by overpowering the English on their line.
The third test takes place at Newlands Stadium in Cape Town on Saturday. With the series wrapped up, coach Rassie Erasmus will have the opportunity of blooding more young Springbok talent. He also might spring a surprise by naming Schalk Brits, who retired from professional rugby only a few weeks ago, in his 23.