There was not much to worry France in the opening game of the 2022 Rugby Championship on show here. The same, perhaps, cannot be said for the world’s second-best side, Ireland. For the Springboks produced as first 40 minutes full of rumbling power, the likes of which Andy Farrell and his men must face in the pool stages in next year’s World Cup. France, however, have the power to stand up to South Africa’s bullying.
New Zealand entered the arena with four losses from their past 5 games. The pressure was on the men in black and how South Africa applied it. Faf de Klerk was stretchered off after head contact with Caleb Clarke’s knee within 40 seconds. On came the less experienced Jaden Hendrikse
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Publish date : 2022-08-06 17:45:00