South Africa vs. Ireland: Score, Reaction from 2016 International Test, Game 3

By Gianni Verschueren
at Internationaled.org

Published: June 25, 2016

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Hosts South Africa claimed a 19-13 win over Ireland in the third match of their Test series on Saturday, taking the series 2-1 after losing the opener.

JP Pietersen gave the hosts the lead late in the first half with a smart try after Ireland had dominated large spells of the first 40 minutes.

Luke Marshall had given the visitors the lead and Paddy Jackson found success with his conversion and a penalty, but Elton Jantjies held up his end of the bargain, increasing his team's lead with a couple of kicks in the second half.

Despite late pressure, the Springboks held on, ensuring Ireland didn't become the first home nation to win a series in South Africa.

Former England international Jeff Probyn liked Ireland's chances of taking the series, via William Hill Betting:



The Springboks made two changes to their side, introducing Ruan Combrinck and Warren Whiteley in favour of Lwazi Mvovo and Duane Vermeulen, who missed out due to injury. For Ireland, Jared Payne was also absent with a knock, handing Tiernan O'Halloran his first-ever start for his country.

Per BBC Sport's Aimee Lewis, coach Joe Schmidt was very confident his team could take the series from the hosts ahead of the match, as he said: "I'm utterly confident they'll make me and themselves proud."

Ireland pressed forward early, working the ball around at pace in the South African half until a fumble from O'Halloran. The spill would prove costly, as the hosts scored on their first venture forward, with Jantjies kicking a huge penalty.



Ireland continued to have the better play, but needless errors broke down every attack they launched. Jantjies had the chance to double his team's lead after another spill, but this time, the wind took his kick past the posts.

The visitors' strong spell in possession didn't last long, as the Springboks took control of the ball and prepa...
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