London - The Barbarians and South Africa couldn't be separated in their clash at Wembley Stadium on Saturday as they had to settle for a 31-31 draw.
As it happened: Boks 31-31 Barbarians
In an entertaining clash, played at a frenetic pace, both sides
scored five tries apiece although the Baa-baas held the upperhand for
large periods before the Boks secured the draw thanks to a late Rohan
Janse van Rensburg try.
With this being an experimental side, several Bok players were trying
to make an impression on coach Allister Coetzee and Janse van Rensburg
did just that with a polished allround performance.
As expected, the Barbarians played expansively throughout and
although the Boks said earlier in the week they would not take the
famous invitation team on at their own game, that statement proved
untrue as they also employed a ball in hand approach for large periods.
The Barbarians did most of the early attacking and were rewarded as
early as the fourth minute when Melani Nanai burst through a Jamba
Ulengo tackle close to the Boks' tryline, before crasing over for the
The Boks struck back five minutes later when, from a line-out inside
the Baa-baas' 22, Pieter-Steph burst through a gaping hole at the
set-piece before showing the cover defence a clean pair of heels to
score the visitors' opening try.
That try was cancelled out shortly afterwards when Andy Ellis and
Matt Faddes combined brilliantly from inside their 22 before Ellis got
over for their second try.
Five minutes later, Roelof Smit capped his first appearance in a Bok
jersey when he went over for a try from a driving maul inside his
opponents' 22 but the Baa-baas replied on the stroke of half-time when
Taqele Naiyaravoro bumped off a couple of Boks on his way over the
The Boks upped the ante after the restart and four minutes into the
half Sergeal Petersen left his mark on this match with a superb solo
The Cheetahs winger ran onto a pass from Pat Lambie just inside his
half and beat a couple of defenders before sellingTaqele Naiyaravoro an
outrageous dummy and waltzed over for a deserved try.
The Barbarians continued to attack and their expansive style of play
reaped rewards when Luke Morahan crossed for two tries in the next 20
minutes. This gave them a 31-19 lead by the 67th minute but the Boks
didn't panic and first replied via a Francois Venter try in the 71st
With time runnning out on the clock, they launched several attacks
and in the 77th minute Janse van Rensburg ran onto a perfectly weighted
pass from Nizaam Carr before crossing over in the right-hand corner for a
deserved try which earned his side a share of the spoils.
Nanai, Ellis, Naiyaravoro, Morahan 2
Du Preez, Mo'unga 2
Du Toit, Smit, Petersen, Venter, Janse van Rensburg
15 Jesse Kriel, 14 Sergeal Petersen, 13 Francois Venter, 12 Rohan Janse van Rensburg, 11 Jamba Ulengo, 10 Pat Lambie (captain), 9 Rudy Paige, 8 Nizaam Carr, 7 Oupa Mohoje, 6 Roelof Smit, 5 Pieter-Steph du Toit, 4 RG Snyman, 3 Lourens Adriaanse, 2 Malcolm Marx, 1 Beast Mtawarira
Substitutes: 16 Bongi Mbonambi, 17 Lizo Gqoboka, 18 Trevor Nyakane, 19 Eben Etzebeth, 20 Jean-Luc du Preez, 21 Piet van Zyl, 22 Tian Schoeman, 23 Ruan Combrinck
15 Melani Nanai (Blues), 14 Matt Faddes (Highlanders), 13 Seta Tamanivalu (Crusaders & New Zealand), 12 Richard Buckman (Highlanders & Panasonic), 11 Taqele Naiyaravoro (Waratahs, Panasonic & Australia), 10 Robert du Preez (Stormers), 9 Andy Ellis (Crusaders, Kobelco Steelers & New Zealand), 8 Luke Whitelock (Highlanders & New Zealand), 7 Jordan Taufua (Crusaders), 6 Brad Shields (Hurricanes), 5 Michael Fatialofa (Hurricanes), 4 Martin Muller (Lions), 3 Paddy Ryan (Waratahs & Australia), 2 Akker van der Merwe (Lions), 1 Reggie Goodes (Hurricanes)
Substitutes: 16 Andrew Ready (Reds), 17 Schalk van der Merwe (Montpellier), 18 Toby Smith (Rebels & Australia), 19 Sam Carter, (Brumbies & Australia), 20 Ruan Ackermann (Lions), 21 Nic Stirzaker (Rebels), 22 Richard Mo’unga (Crusaders), 23 Luke Morahan (Force & Australia)