Debutant scrum-half Herschel Jantjies scored two tries as South Africa beat Australia 35-17 Saturday in the opening match of the Rugby Championship season in Johannesburg.
The Stormers half-back scored the first and fourth Springbok tries before being warmly applauded when substituted 14 minutes from time at Ellis Park.
South Africa have played Australia 10 times at Ellis Park in downtown Johannesburg, winning nine and losing just once – 9-11 back in 1963. The last time they played at Ellis Park was in 2008, when the Springboks won 53-8, scoring eight tries to one.
As if the Herschel Jantjies brace wasn’t enough, his replacement Cobus Reinach also goes over for a try after the fulltime hooter to secure a bonus-point win for the Boks in their first match of a World Cup year.
The Boks had fire in their bellies this second half, and this win (with what many considered to be a B-team) is well deserved.
Elton Jantjies slots his fifth conversion of the night and the Springboks have come good in their Rugby Championship opener!
An eye-catching debut for Herschel Jantjies, no obvious major injury concerns and it’s a solid start all round as Rassie Erasmus and his men turn their attentions to a date with the All Blacks New Zealand Rugby next weekend.