Rugby Championship

Mallett: PE crowd was a 16th player for Boks

2018-10-01 06:39
Nick Mallett (YouTube)
Nick Mallett (YouTube)

Cape Town - Former national coach Nick Mallett says the passionate crowd at Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium pulled the Springboks through in their match against the Wallabies over the weekend.

READ: 15 staggering stats from the Boks' win over the Wallabies

Mallett was in attendance as South Africa’s held on to beat Australia 23-12 in Port Elizabeth.

The visitors enjoyed 60.5% possession and 65% territory and the home side’s win was again built on a staunch defensive effort - the Boks made 144 tackles compared to Australia’s 74.

“I have never been to this stadium for a Test match before. In fact, I have never been to a live game in a while because it is always in studio, but it is really exceptional. When you get crowd participation like this, it is a 16th player or even a 17th player,” SuperSport pundit Mallett said after the game.

“Although the referee had a very good game and was not influenced by the crowd; it is a very, very intimidating atmosphere here when you get a united South Africa behind the team as we saw today.”

Mallett said it was important for the Boks to back up the win over New Zealand earlier in the month.

“I am so happy the result went our way. We can quibble about the quality of the game, but if we had lost after that wonderful win in New Zealand, then next week we are back to square one again. This was such a good win for the team and the coaching staff. It leads in so nicely for Pretoria next week where we have an absolutely passionate crowd as well. I hope we will turn out and support the Boks.”

Mallett also praised Bok coach Rassie Erasmus for the manner in which his side responded to earlier losses in the Rugby Championship.

“I must congratulate Rassie. It is a very tough job and after a couple of losses against Argentina and Australia, to bounce back with an away win against New Zealand and a good home win against a decent Australia side that pushed us is outstanding. Let’s hope he can carry that through to New Zealand. It is going to be a very hard game for us in Pretoria but I have a lot of confidence for the courage and intensity of this team.”

NEXT ON SPORT24X

What To Read Next

 

Read News24’s Comments Policy

Live Video Streaming
Sport Talk

Fixtures
Saturday, 17 November 2018
Scotland v South Africa, BT Murrayfield Stadium 17:00
Scotland v South Africa, BT Murrayfield Stadium 19:20
Saturday, 24 November 2018
Wales v South Africa, Principality Stadium 17:00
Wales v South Africa, Principality Stadium 19:20
Saturday, 21 September 2019
New Zealand v South Africa, Yokohama International Stadium 11:45
Logs
Team P W PTS
Previous Results

Date Home Team Result Away Team
Vote

Your thoughts on the booing and singing during the All Blacks' haka prior to Tests?

 
 
Men
Women
Love 2 Meet
Sport24 on Twitter

Follow Sport24 news on Twitter

Featured

The 2018/19 Absa Premiership season is in full swing. Will Mamelodi Sundowns retain their title? Or can one of Kaizer Chiefs, Orlando Pirates, Wits, SuperSport United - or another team perhaps - snatch glory from the Brazilians? Be sure to visit Sport24 for all the latest news!

Latest blogs
 

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

 
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.