Ireland upset wasteful Springboks

Date published: November 9 2014

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Ireland upset the odds to claim a deserved 29-15 victory over South Africa at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin on Saturday.

Ireland upset the odds to claim a deserved 29-15 victory over South Africa at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin on Saturday.

Written off before kick-off, Ireland led from start to finish, as the teams scored two tries apiece.

But it was the Irish defence that was ultimately at the origin of their first win over the Boks since 2009.

Dominated at the set piece, and on the wrong end of the possession and territory stats, the Irish defence was as committed as the Springbok attack was predictable.

Massive credit must also go to the Irish coaching staff for their tactics and to their half-backs for their decision making and execution. In stark contrast to the Springboks, every chance was taken, every plan was pulled off, mistakes were minimal.

South Africa will regret the decisions to turn down points on a few occasions in the first half as they were left to chase the game and didn’t have the attacking game to unlock the Irish wall.

South Africa did all the playing in the first half but trailed by three points at the interval. Sexton kicked two penalties to Handr

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