Ball carriers steer Boks to victory over England

South Africa showed their potential when their powerful ball carriers came to the fore in the second Test against England at Loftus Versveld on Saturday.

South Africa showed their potential when their powerful ball carriers came to the fore in the second Test against England at Loftus Versveld on Saturday.

Pierre Spies definitely offers a lot when on the offensive and he reads the game like an old pro. Schalk Burger also came into his own in the second half of with a couple of strong runs in the midfield.

The one worrying factor were the number of turnovers conceded in the first half. This trend ended when the Boks opened the flood gates in the second half.

There have always been calls for finding a world class fetcher in South African rugby. Against better organised teams, the Boks could have been severely punished for their charity work in the loose phases.

Their lineout looked better in the second Test and the lineout jumpers proved why they are considered among the best in this department.

The leadership in the team came to the fore and the great leadership shown throughout the Super 14 helped the Boks to turn around a disappointing first half performance to outscore the visitors by 36 points to 3 in the second half.

Coach Jake White said there had been some hard talking during the break.

"Obviously some stern words were said during the halftime break but more importantly was the leadership of guys such as John (Smit) and Victor (Matfield), just to name a few, which made it clear that all the spade work done through the years is now paying dividends," said White.

Despite what many might believe, this Bok team is undoubtedly one of the most balanced sides in the world and through White's selection policy a number of competent leaders have emerged which will undoubtedly be to the benefit of the team .

Some players will definitely be given a breather in the Test against Samoa. - Sapa

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