South Africa lose again – Saracens 24-23 South Africa

South Africa went down to a third straight defeat on their tour of Europe as Premiership leaders Saracens came from behind to win at Wembley.

Juan de Jongh and Jongi Nokwe scored to send the second string Springboks into half-time with a 12-point lead at 6-18.

The second half and everthing changed as Saracens, who included several South Africans, struck back with tries from Ernst Joubert and Brad Barritt. Former Springbok fly-half Derrick Hougaard kicked 14 points as Sarries sealed an eighth successive victory.

Saracens lock Hugh Vyvyan said: (quote) This victory is massively up there with previous great Saracens performances, to beat South Africa at Wembley is just fantastic. Its great for some of us here because we do not often get the chance to play the great players like these. (end quote)

Hugh Vyvyan
Hugh Vyvyan

Final score:
Saracens 24-23 South Africa

Scorers

Saracens
Tries: Joubert, Barritt Con: Hougaard Pens: Hougaard (3) Drops: Hougaard
South Africa
Try: De Jongh, Nokwe (2) Con: Pienaar Pens: Pienaar (2)

Teams

Saracens: Horak, Cato, Ratuvou, Barritt, Tagicakibau, Hougaard, de Kock, Gill, Reynecke, Skuse, Botha, Vyvyan, van Heerden, Melck, Joubert.
Replacements: Nieto for Horak (49), Penney for Cato (40), Barrett for de Kock (38), Brits for Reynecke (40), Goode for Skuse (49), Saull for Melck (47).

Not Used: Kruis.

South Africa: Rose, Ndungane, de Jongh, Olivier, Nokwe, Pienaar, Adams, van der Merwe, Strauss, van der Linde, Hargreaves, Bekker, Deysel, Potgieter, Johnson.
Replacements: Viljoen for Olivier (68), Bosman for Pienaar (68), Hougaard for Adams (40), Maku for Strauss (68), W. du Preez for van der Linde (10), Rossouw for Bekker (40), Raubenheimer for Johnson (68).

Att: 46,281

Ref: James Jones (WRFU).