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Last Updated: 02/07/21 8:37pm
South Africa took time to shrug off the rust as they returned after a 20-month absence to beat Georgia 40-9 at Loftus Versfeld on Friday of their first Test since successful the 2019 World Cup
The match was the primary of two warm-up internationals against the Georgians in preparation for the three-Test collection against the British & Irish Lions later this month.
The dwelling aspect had been 19-9 forward at half-time and outscored their guests six tries to nil however confirmed the results of their lengthy absence, because of the COVID-19 pandemic, as they struggled to get rhythm to their play, gave away many penalties and had been sloppy at instances in a contest punctuated by frequent stops.
The Boks had been outmuscled within the first scrum, permitting Georgia to go forward with a penalty however that proved one of many few highlights for the vacationers.
The hosts scored the primary attempt when debutant Aphelele Fassi streaked away with his first contact of the ball after 5 minutes, and a pushover attempt from Bongi Mbonambi and dart to the road by scrum-half Cobus Reinach added to the first-half rating.
After the break, there have been extra tries from Kwagga Smith, Herschel Jantjies and Malcolm Marx whereas Handre Pollard kicked over 4 conversions and his alternative Elton Jantjies one.
Georgia’s factors all got here from penalties kicked over by Tebo Abzhandadze and they didn’t rating within the final 55 minutes however they are going to take encouragement from some robust defending against a house aspect who had been maybe anticipating a neater outing.
South Africa, who had not performed a house check in 688 days, host Georgia within the second check at Ellis Park in Johannesburg subsequent Friday, earlier than the primary Test against the Lions is on July 24 in Cape Town.
Source – SkySports