The Castle Lager Rugby Championship round 1 reviewed
The first round of The Castle Lager Rugby Championship has been played and what a round it was. The Springboks are on top of the log with 5 points and lead the race due to superior points difference. The All Blacks are second also 5 points with Australia and Argentina both on 0 points.
The opening game saw the All Blacks beat Australia 47-29 in Australia. Both sides were still in it after the first half and it looked like it would be a close affair. The second half however saw the All Blacks show why they are the world champions and defending Rugby Chapionship title holders.
Australia’s young side just could gain any momentum in the second half. The scrums will be a contension point through out this competition or until the scrumhalves learn to feed the scrum straight. Both scrumhalves in this game struggled with this aspect. In the end a game that entertained and showed just what to expect of the All Blacks.
South Africa v argentina looked like it would be a dull boring match during the first half. Both sides struggled to gain momentum and made some basic errors. Once again the scrum proved to be a problem area although not as much as in the All Blacks v Australia game.
The second half saw the Springboks opening up the flood gates and they scored 7 tries. A much more clinical performance by them than during the opening 40 minutes. Argentina was out played and in the end the 73-13 scoreline proved it. South africa scored 9 tries in all including a penalty try and yet no player scored more than 1. Bryan Habana increased his telly to 51 test tries while Bismarck took a record 7th try for a South African hooker.
Next week will see the Springboks up against Argentina again this time in Mendoza. The All Blacks will host Australia in New Zealand.
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