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2016/06/18 | 17:00 |  Internationals | Emirates Airlines Park |  Full Time

As it happened: Springboks 32-26 Ireland

2016-06-18 18:50
Last Updated at 09:22
18 Jun 18:58
18 Jun 18:53

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The series is now level at 1-1 heading to next Saturday's final Test in Port Elizabeth.

18 Jun 18:51


Replacement wing Ruan Combrinck duly receives the best player award on his Test debut.

18 Jun 18:48

What a difference a few substitutions can make! As bad as the Boks were in the first 40 minutes, they redeemed themselves in the second period.

The names of Warren Whiteley and Ruan Combrinck deserve special mention for helping to turn matters around.

It almost felt like the Lions were playing in the last 20 minutes...

18 Jun 18:45
FULL-TIME: South Africa 32-26 Ireland
18 Jun 18:45
80'- Jantjies slots the PENALTY to end the game!
18 Jun 18:44

79'- Kickable penalty for the Boks as an Irish tackler fails to roll away... Jantjies will line up a shot at goal which should be the last action of the game...

The kick is about 43m out.

18 Jun 18:43
78'- It's been an unbelievable impact from the Springbok bench in this second half!
18 Jun 18:43
78'- What a comeback by the Boks as Ireland now look shell-shocked...
18 Jun 18:40

76'- CONVERSION slotted by Jantjies!

SA 29-26 Ireland

18 Jun 18:39
75'- Damian de Allende breaks through the Irish defence on the 22m line to score next to the posts!
18 Jun 18:39
75'- TRY to the Springboks!
18 Jun 18:37
73'- Etzebeth with a potentially crucial lineout steal just inside the Ireland half...
18 Jun 18:36
72'- Jantjies with a crucial error as he fails to find touch with a penalty clearance...
18 Jun 18:35
71'- The Boks are back in this game and it has to be said - largely due to the impact made off the bench from the Lions players...
18 Jun 18:34

70'- PENALTY slotted by Jantjies.

SA 22-26 Ireland

18 Jun 18:34
69'- TRY! Pieter-Steph du Toit barges over under the posts for the Boks!
18 Jun 18:33
69'- But the Boks win a free kick from the subsequent scrum and take a quick tap...
18 Jun 18:32
68'- Good maul defence from Ireland sees them win a turnover on their won goal-line...
18 Jun 18:31
67'- With Mostert on at lock, Pieter-Steph du Toit will now move to flank...
18 Jun 18:31
67'- Bok sub: Franco Mostert replaces Siya Kolis to make his Test debut.
18 Jun 18:29


SA 5

Ireland 3

18 Jun 18:28
65'- Lions players - Combrinck and Whiteley - making a massive impact in this second half!
18 Jun 18:28
64'- Jantjies' conversion attempt from close to the touchline misses...
18 Jun 18:27
63'- Warren Whiteley barges over after a promising period of attack from the Boks.
18 Jun 18:26
63'- TRY to the Springboks!
18 Jun 18:25
62'- Well it seems that Jantjies is now back on for the Boks, having seemingly passed a concussion test.
18 Jun 18:24
60' - There was some concern for changing lanes in that Ireland try but the referee was happy.
18 Jun 18:23

60'- CONVERSION slotted by Jackson.

SA 10-26 Ireland

18 Jun 18:23
59'- No 8 Jamie Heaslip barges over in the corner after a powerful driving maul from Ireland!
18 Jun 18:22
59' - TRY to Ireland!
18 Jun 18:22
59'- Bok sub: Morne Steyn on at flyhalf for Jantjies.
18 Jun 18:21

58'- Ireland hot on the attack after Faf de Klerk has his kick charged down.

Ireland then win a kickable penalty as the referee deems there was an early tackle by De Klerk on an Irish player (Tadhg Furlong).

Strangely, Ireland decide to go for a five metre lineout...

18 Jun 18:19

57'- Jantjies slots the CONVERSION from the corner!

SA 10-19 Ireland

18 Jun 18:19
56'- Ruan Combrinck barges over in the corner. He started it on halfway with a quick throw in, before some enterprising attacking play from Le Roux set it up for the Lions wing.
18 Jun 18:17
55'- TRY to the Springboks!
18 Jun 18:17


SA 2

Ireland 10

18 Jun 18:16
54'- The Springboks have an attacking scrum inside the red zone. Can they cash in?
18 Jun 18:16
53'- Good maul defence from Ireland forces the Boks to swing it wide. Le Roux drops the ball out wide but it goes backwards...
18 Jun 18:14
51'- Kickable penalty for the Boks as Ireland prop Tadhg Furlong is caught off side. The Boks decide to go for touch though as Jantjies sets up a lineout inside the red zone...
18 Jun 18:12
50'- Bok sub: Nyakane on at prop for Mtawarira
18 Jun 18:11
50'- Again, Ireland completely demolish the Springbok scrum. They duly receive a penalty which allows them to exit their own half...
18 Jun 18:11
49'- Coach Allister Coetzee talked during the week about players going in too high when taking contact. Kolisi clearly did not get the message...
18 Jun 18:10
49'- Kolisi takes the ball in not far from the Irish 22m area. But he goes in too high which allows the visitors to force a turnover...
  • 80'

    PENALTY, SOUTH AFRICA, JANTJIES! 32-26: Jantjies sends the crowd into party mode as he adds the extra three. South Africa have done it! Trailing 19-3 at halftime, the bench came on and made all the difference. Take a bow Ruan Combrinck for his display of powerful running rugby down the wing. The Springboks are alive and well in the three-match test series which now stands at one win apiece between the two teams. The decider awaits in Port Elizabeth next weekend! Congratulations to the Springboks on a hard fought 32-26 victory.

  • 80'


  • 79'

    Ireland concede the penalty deep in their half. It is in a good kicking position for South Africa and Jantjies will line one up at poles and that should be the game once the kick has been taken!

  • 76'

    CONVERSION, SOUTH AFRICA, JANTJIES! 29-26: And now Jantjies joins the party by knocking over the conversion from right in front of the uprights. The Springboks lead by three points with four minutes left on the clock.

  • 75'

    TRY, SOUTH AFRICA, DE ALLENDE! 27-26: What a come back from the Springboks! De Allende runs his way past three defenders and dots down underneath the poles to put South Africa into the lead. Combrinck and Whiteley have had a massive effect on the momentume swinging the way of South Africa in the second half.

  • 74'

    De Allende is brought to ground. Ireland are making all the tackles at the moment as South Africa attack the line and charge forward inside the Ireland 22 metre line.

  • 72'

    Ireland are blown up for an obstruction deep inside the South Africa half but Jantjies is unable to find touch from the penalty and Ireland are able to clear their lines.

  • 70'

    CONVERSION, SOUTH AFRICA, JANTJIES! 22-26: It is a four point game now as Jantjies nails the conversion. Ten minutes left and the game is still up for grabs. Good second half effort from South Africa up to now.

  • 69'

    TRY, SOUTH AFRICA, DU TOIT! 20-26: South Africa have a good attacking opportunity with a five metre scrum on the Ireland line. The Springboks win a free-kick at scrum time for early engagement and they play quick before Du Toit charges forward and crashes over for a well deserved try. South Africa are right back in this game.

  • 66'

    Strauss finds Etzebeth in the lineout before South Africa put in a grubber kick down the wing. Ireland are forced to quickly kick the loose ball into touch and South Africa have the lineout on the Ireland five metre line.

  • 64'

    Jantjies sends his conversion wide of the uprights. The kick was taken from just outside the 22 metre line and the score remains at 26-15 to Ireland.

  • 63'

    TRY, SOUTH AFRICA, WHITELEY! 15-26: Combrinck gets South Africa moving forward with a good burst down the wing before he is brought to ground. Jantjies plays a well timed floated pass over the top before Whiteley steps his way through two would be tacklers and dots down for the try. Exciting stuff at Ellis Park!

  • 60'

    CONVERSION, IRELAND, JACKSON! 10-26: Jackson sends the ball flying though the uprights and with that converted try Ireland now lead 26-10 with 20 minutes left to play.

  • 59'

    TRY, IRELAND, HEASLIP! 10-24: Ireland get the drive going off the lineout before Heaslip crashes over for a well worked pushover try from close range. Ireland respond in style from that try scored by Combrinck.

  • 57'

    CONVERSION, SOUTH AFRICA, JANTJIES! 10-19: Jantjies adds the extra two with a good kick at poles on the angle.

  • 56'

    TRY, SOUTH AFRICA, COMBRINCK! 8-19: Fantastic combination play from Le Roux and Combrinck as Le Roux breaks the line and sets up an electric counter attack before he sends Combrinck in for the five pointer with a well timed pass. Game on!

  • 55'

    Jantjies comes in as first receiver after receiving a pass off the base of the scrum. Jantjies is brought to ground and Ireland make the turnover and are able to clear their lines with a kick up field.

  • 52'

    Ireland concede the penalty inside their own half and South Africa set the attacking lineout with a kick to touch which finds the Ireland 22 metre line.

  • 50'

    Ireland jump up and win the lineout and look to play the wide channels but they are brought to ground. The visitors looking dangerous here.

  • 49'

    Ireland with a dominant scrum again as the scrum collapses under big pressure from Ireland. They are awarded the penalty and Ireland set the attacking lineout with a kick to touch which finds the South Africa ten metre line.

  • 48'

    De klerk and De Allende combine well off a set move from the scrum before the Springboks full-back comes into the line and looks to free up his man on the inside but the pass is not a good one as it does not go to hand. South Africa get their hands on the ball and look to vary their play as they go through the phases inside the Ireland half.

  • 46'

    Jackson has the distance but he does not have the direction as he sends the ball wide of the poles. The score remains at 19-3 to Ireland with 46 minutes of the game played.

  • 45'

    The Springboks concede the penalty inside their own half and Jackson will take a monster kick from 55 metres out.

  • 44'

    Le Roux with some good vision as he spots space on the outside and shows and goes and looks to combine with his back three but his final pass goes straight into touch and Ireland have the lineout just outside their 22 metre line.

  • 43'

    Ireland win the scrum and decide to pick and go before the exit kick is made up field but the kick is right down the throat of Le Roux who looks to set up a counter attack from inside the South Africa half.

  • 42'

    Murray lines Kolisi up and makes a good tackle on him as he receives the pass. Kolisi knocks forward in the tackle and Ireland have the defensive scrum inside their 22 metre line. Better width on the attack shown from South Africa in that passage of play.

  • 41'

    Whiteley is on for Vermeulen and Combrinck replaces Mvovo who has had a terrible time under the high ball.

  • 41'

    Jantjies gets the second half going with a deep kick which travels all the way to the Ireland 22 metre line. Ireland claim the kick and clear their lines with a kick up field. Whiteley gets a first touch of the ball at his home ground and charges forward before he is brought to ground. South Africa looking to up the tempo in the second half.

  • 40'

    Ireland are going through the phases in centre field but Murray is happy to send his team into the break as he kicks the ball into the stands. Ireland lead 19-3 at halftime and they have really taken advantage of some sloppy play and plenty of errors from the home team. Lots of catch up work for South Africa to do in the second half. Stay tuned for the second forty which will follow shortly.

  • 40'


  • 39'

    Jackson has the distance but he does not have the direction. The kick is sent wide of the uprights and the score remains at 19-3 to Ireland.

  • 37'

    De klerk concedes the penalty for an infringement at the breakdown and Jackson can add to the Ireland score with another three points from just outside the South Africa 22 metre line.

  • 34'

    CONVERSION, IRELAND, JACKSON! 3-19: Jackson converts the try and all of a sudden Ireland have raced into a 19-3 lead. The Springboks will need to get themselves back into the game quickly if they wish to remain competitive for the rest of the clash.

  • 33'

    TRY, IRELAND, TONER! 3-17: Trimble collects a loose ball from a high kick put in by Jackson on the wing before the ball goes to Toner who crashes over from close range. Fantastic tactical play from Ireland to catch the Springboks defence out like that. Ireland lead 17-3 now.

  • 32'

    Jantjies sends the ball wide of the uprights. He has now missed two kicks in a row which could make all the difference come the end of the eighty minutes.

  • 31'

    Ireland concede another penalty deep in their half and Jantjies will line one up at poles from the kicking tee.

  • 30'

    So close for Jantjies as the ball bounces back into play off the uprights. The score remains at 12-3 to Ireland.

  • 29'

    Trimble is blown up for an infringement at the breakdown. It is in a good kicking position and Jantjies lines one up at poles from 40 metres out on the angle.

  • 27'

    PENALTY, IRELAND, JACKSON, 3-12: Jackson puts boot to ball and sends the ball flying through the uprights. Ireland lead by nine points now with that successful kick from the Ireland fly-half.

  • 26'

    South Africa concede the penalty just inside their own half and Jackson will look to make the Springboks pay for their indiscipline with a kick at poles.

  • 25'

    De Klerk puts in a well timed box kick. Le Roux and Jackson are competing for the high ball, The South Africa full-back has all eyes on the ball but he can only manage to knock the ball forward and Ireland have the scrum just inside their half.

  • 22'

    PENALTY, IRELAND, JACKSON 3-9: Jackson knocks the kick over and with that kick at poles Ireland now have a six point lead with 22 minutes of the game played this far.

  • 21'

    Murray feeds the scrum for Ireland deep inside the South Africa half. High fives all around at scrum time for Ireland as they absolutely destroy the Springbok scrum. Ireland are awarded the penalty and Jackson lines one up on the kicking tee from inside the South Africa 22 metre line.

  • 19'

    South Africa are not able to make use of their territorial advantage as they make the handling error while on the attack deep inside the Ireland half. The referee is playing advantage to Ireland for a scrum but they look set on running this.

  • 18'

    Ireland with more good work on defence as once more they manage to win the ball in the tackle. Ireland manage to clear their lines and South Africa will have to build from deep once more.

  • 16'

    Le Roux gets on the end of a chip kick from Jantjies and gains several metres for South Africa before he is brought to ground. Ireland concede the penalty at the breakdown and South Africa set the lineout with a kick to touch which finds the Ireland five metre line.

  • 14'

    PENALTY, IRELAND, JACKSON! 3-6: Jackson has his kicking boots on today as he sends the ball flying through the uprights. Ireland lead 6-3 with those extra three points from boot of Jackson.

  • 13'

    Ireland going through the phases on the ten metre line. There is an advantage being played for the Springboks going offside. Jackson puts in a high kick, Mvovo catches the high ball with no pressure on him but Ireland will have the penalty and Jackson lines one up off the kicking tee from close range.

  • 11'

    South Africa concede the penalty for collapsing the maul just outside the Ireland 22 metre line and Ireland set the attacking lineout with a kick to touch which finds the South Africa ten metre line.

  • 10'

    PENALTY, IRELAND, JACKSON! 3-3: Jackson has the distance and he has the direction! The flags are raised and Jackson draws the scores all level at three apiece with that kick at the uprights.

  • 9'

    Louw is blown up from not rolling away at the breakdown. Ireland are awarded the penalty and Jackson will look to add the extra three points from the Springboks ten metre line.

  • 8'

    Roux jumps up and steals the lineout against the throw before Jackson puts one high to test the South Africa defence. The Springboks win the high ball and look to go through the phases just inside their own half.

  • 7'

    Jackson with some fantastic work on defence as he rips the ball out of the tackle before Payne makes the exit kick with a kick up field. South Africa looking to attack from deep here.

  • 5'

    Vermeulen is being attended to by the medical team. The big number eight is back to his feet and play resumes with an attacking lineout to South Africa on the Ireland 22 metre line.

  • 3'

    PENALTY, SOUTH AFRICA, JANTJIES! 3-0: It looks good and it's over! Jantjies sends the ball sailing through the uprights and South Africa lead 3-0 with that successful kick at poles from Jantjies.

  • 2'

    Scrum to South Africa on halfway. The Springboks win the penalty at scrum time and Jantjies will line one up at poles from halfway.

  • 1'

    Here we go! Referee Angus Gardner blows his whistle and Paddy Jackson gets the game underway with a kick which travels deep into the South Africa half.

  • 0'

    Hello and welcome to our live commentary of this important second Test-match of the three-match Test series as South Africa host Ireland at Ellis Park in Johannesburg.

  • 0'

    Springboks coach Allister Coetzee has made five changes to his matchday 23 ? four of them necessitated by injury ? as the South Africans look to bounce back from last weekend?s 26-20 defeat in the three-Test series? opener in Cape Town. The two changes in the starting line-up are because of injury, with Pieter-Steph du Toit and Elton Jantjies replacing Lood de Jager and Pat Lambie respectively, while the Lions duo of Franco Mostert and Ruan Combrinck are on the bench and could make their Test debut at their home ground. In the final change, Morne Steyn is added to the bench as fly-half cover.

  • 0'

    Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt has made five changes to his starting line-up that beat South Africa 26-20 in Cape Town last weekend. Former Stormers lock Quinn Roux will make his first start for Ireland against the country of his birth and Iain Henderson will move to the blindside flank as Rhys Ruddock takes over at openside. Conor Murray and Paddy Jackson are retained at half-back, while Robbie Henshaw is joined in the centre by Ulster's Stuart Olding, who is set for his first start since his debut against the USA three years ago. Craig Gilroy is introduced on the left wing for his eighth cap, making it an all-Ulster back-three alongside Andrew Trimble and full-back Jared Payne. Sean Reidy and Tiernan O'Halloran are the two uncapped players on the bench and they are joined by Richardt Strauss, Dave Kilcoyne, Finlay Bealham, Donnacha Ryan, Kieran Marmion and Ian Madigan.

  • 0'

    South Africa have found it hard going against Ireland in recent history having lost two games on the trot to Ireland, 26-20 in Cape Town last weekend and 29-15 in Dublin in 2014. The Springboks last victory over Ireland came back in 2012 with a 16-12 victory in Dublin. Ireland meanwhile have their tails up after last weekend''s epic result in Cape Town. A victory this weekend will put them in exalted company as it will mean they will become only the third team in the professional era ? along with the 1996 All Blacks and the 1997 British and Irish Lions ? to win a three-Test series in South Africa.

  • 0'

    Clear skies weclome the teams onto the field. Conditions are perfect for a fast paced game of Test-match rugby.

  • 0'

    Angus Gardner is our referee. Glen Jackson and Ben Whitehouse will assist him. Our TMO is Jim Yuille.

  • 0'

    Rory Best leads Ireland out in front of a packed Ellis Park Stadium.

  • 0'

    Here come the Springboks! The crowd get to their feet as the home team make their way onto the field. The fireworks go off. What an atmosphere! Time for the national anthems of Ireland and South Africa.

  • 0'

    The anthems are performed with plenty of passion shown from both teams. We await referee Angus Gardner to get us underway here.

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South Africa Ireland
  • 4 Tries 2
    • 55' Ruan Combrinck
    • 63' Warren Whiteley
    • 69' Pieter-Steph du Toit
    • 75' Damian de Allende
    • 33' Devin Toner
    • 59' Jamie Heaslip
  • 3 Conversions 2
    • 57' Elton Jantjies
    • 70' Elton Jantjies
    • 76' Elton Jantjies
    • 34' Paddy Jackson
    • 60' Paddy Jackson
  • 2 Penalties 4
    • 3' Elton Jantjies
    • 80' Elton Jantjies
    • 10' Paddy Jackson
    • 14' Paddy Jackson
    • 22' Paddy Jackson
    • 27' Paddy Jackson
  • 0 Drop Goals 0
  • 0 Yellow Cards 0
  • 0 Red Cards 0
Team Line-ups
  • Tendai Mtawarira
  • Adriaan Strauss
  • Frans Malherbe
  • Eben Etzebeth
  • Pieter-Steph du Toit
  • Francois Louw
  • Siya Kolisi
  • Duane Vermeulen
  • Francois de Klerk
  • Elton Jantjies
  • Lwazi Mvovo
  • Damian de Allende
  • Lionel Mapoe
  • JP Pietersen
  • Willie Le Roux
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  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
  • 6
  • 7
  • 8
  • 9
  • 10
  • 11
  • 12
  • 13
  • 14
  • 15
  • Jack McGrath
  • Rory Best
  • Tadhg Furlong
  • Quinn Roux
  • Devin Toner
  • Iain Henderson
  • Rhys Ruddock
  • Jamie Heaslip
  • Conor Murray
  • Paddy Jackson
  • Craig Gilroy
  • Stuart Olding
  • Robbie Henshaw
  • Andrew Trimble
  • Jared Payne
  • Mbongeni Mbonami
  • Trevor Nyakane
  • Julian Redelinghuys
  • Franco Mostert
  • Warren Whiteley
  • Rudy Paige
  • Morne Steyn
  • Ruan Combrinck
  • 16
  • 17
  • 18
  • 19
  • 20
  • 21
  • 22
  • 23
  • Richardt Strauss
  • Dave Kilcoyne
  • Finlay Bealham
  • Donnacha Ryan
  • Sean Reidy
  • Kieran Marmion
  • Ian Madigan
  • Tiernan O'Halloran

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