Spring Tour: Springboks Stunned By Irish Onslaught

  by Paul Cook - Ireland have stunned world no.2 South Africa with a comprehensive 29-15 defeat in Dublin at the weekend. A side missing 16 regular squad players, as well as getting used to life without Brian O’Driscoll, stepped up in imperious fashion to outplay, outsmart and surprisingly, outmuscle a Springboks side whose last outing was a victory over the all conquering All Blacks a month ago. Leading only 6-3 at the break, having started brilliantly but been pegged back by Springbok resistance, Ireland went up another notch after the restart. Tries from Rhys Ruddock and Tommy Bowe complemented Jonny Sexton’s tally of 16pts as the home side dictated proceedings and it was only a last minute converted score from replacement JP Pietersen that put a more respectable spin on the result. While the coaching t
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