Mvovo out to bury memories

2014-06-26 12:41
Lwazi Mvovo (Gallo Images)
Cape Town - Springbok wing Lwazi Mvovo is hoping to bury the bad memories of his Test against Australia in Perth two years ago.

The Boks lost 26-19 to the Wallabies on September 8, 2012 - a game the Sharks flyer does not remember to fondly.

With 20 minutes to go, the scores were level at 16-all when Mvovo failed to field a simple kick-off. The ball touched his foot and rolled into the in-goal area, which gave the Wallabies a five-metre scrum, from which they won a penalty to go 19-16 ahead.

Morné Steyn put the Boks back on level terms a few minutes later, but another mistake from Mvovo saw the hosts claim victory. Mvovo performed a poor tackle attempt on Wallaby prop Ben Alexander who scored the winning try.

Since that game in Perth, Mvovo had been out in the international wilderness, and only made his return when he came off the bench against Wales in Durban two weeks ago.

He was on Wednesday included in the Springbok starting team for Saturday's Test against Scotland in Port Elizabeth.

Bok coach Heyneke Meyer told Thursday's Cape Times that he was proud of the way Mvovo had improved since that Perth Test.

Meyer said he told Mvovo at the time that his kicking game wasn't good enough for a wing and that his catching of the high ball also needed improvement.

The coach said Mvovo had worked really hard to improve his catching and kicking game, which is also why he was able to play at fullback for the Sharks in the last while.

Meyer said he was looking forward to seeing the speedster perform against Scotland on Saturday (17:00 kick-off).


South Africa:

15 Willie le Roux, 14 Cornal Hendricks, 13 JP Pietersen, 12 Jan Serfontein, 11 Lwazi Mvovo, 10 Handré Pollard, 9 Fourie du Preez, 8 Duane Vermeulen, 7 Schalk Burger, 6 Marcel Coetzee, 5 Victor Matfield (captain), 4 Lood de Jager, 3 Jannie du Plessis, 2 Bismarck du Plessis, 1 Coenie Oosthuizen

Substitutes: 16 Adriaan Strauss, 17 Trevor Nyakane, 18 Marcel van der Merwe, 19 Stephan Lewies, 20 Oupa Mohoje, 21 Francois Hougaard, 22 Marnitz Boshoff, 23 Zane Kirchner



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