Springboks wing Kurt-Lee Arendse continued to announce himself on the Test arena as he skinned England fly-half Marcus Smith in a sensational finish in his team’s 27-13 win over the Red Rose on Saturday.
The play begins with a Smith kick that is slightly too deep, Springbok Damian Willemse coolly takes the high ball with Freddie Steward chasing hard. The fly-half uses an expert escort from Arendse to evade England’s full-back, finding himself in some space on the right flank.
Willemse puts the pedal down before offloading to a flying Willie le Roux, who plays a simple draw and pass to Arendse, who has a wide open space ahead of him with Smith covering across.
The speedster never looked in doubt as he faked going to Smith’s inside before majestically flying around his outside untouched to score a fantastic try. Unfortunately, the Harlequins playmaker was turned inside out and did not have much of a chance.
WOW! What a try! 😱pic.twitter.com/QOWfHTEAfg
— Planet Rugby (@PlanetRugby) November 26, 2022
The Springboks‘ attack flexed its muscles again only minutes later when the South Africans swung the ball wide in their 22-metre area after setting up for a routine clearance.
Willemse found himself face to face with Maro Itoje and used the space on the outside to beat the England second-row before playing it to that man Arendse who in turn dropped a grubber on the boot that Steward impressively stopped with a goal-keeper-like effort to prevent the try.
Another bit of ‘flair’ from the Boks. RUNNNG IT OUT FROM THEIR OWN 22m???
Good goalkeeping from Freddie Steward. pic.twitter.com/IplZ53Hwr0
— Angus (@AnalystGus) November 27, 2022
Springboks fans have been begging for a more dynamic attack, and these two plays showed their players’ capabilities. Le Roux, Willemse and Arendse in space is a terrifying trio, and their performance in the England Test will have restored a lot of faith in the South African structures.