Wales Springboks

Springbok coach Rassie Erasmus. Image: @rugbyontnt/X

Rassie starts Springboks second stint with a win over Wales

The Springboks opened their 2024 campaign by cruising to a 41-13 victory over Wales in Twickenham on Saturday.

Wales Springboks

Springbok coach Rassie Erasmus. Image: @rugbyontnt/X

On Saturday afternoon, the Springboks cruised to a 41-13 win over Wales in Twickenham, London.

Rassie Erasmus, who returned as coach of the Boks, began his tenure with a convincing victory. Erasmus gave four players their Springbok debut; Jordan Hendrikse, Sacha Feinberg-Mngomezulu, Edwill van der Merwe and Ben-Jason Dixon.

Playing their first match since winning the 2023 Rugby World Cup, the Springboks took the game to Wales as early as the first minute. Bok flyhalf Jordan Hendrikse misses with a sitter of a penalty to give his team the lead. His miss was not costly as the reigning champions scored a try a few minutes after the penalty miss.

Makozole Mapimpi made a pass to Jesse Kriel, who rounded off the Welsh backline to open the scoring. Having missed a penalty, Hendrikse made no mistake in the conversion to get the Boks 7-0 in the lead.

Three minutes after Wales’ Rio Dyer was given a yellow, the Springboks took advantage and were awarded a try after a dominant driving maul. The Boks looked in control but a yellow card to Aphelele Fasi brought the Welsh back into the game. Wales hooker and captain Dewi Lake scored a try in the 29th minute after the Springboks’ defence fell asleep.

With the score 14-13, the second half promised to be a banger with the European side back in the match.

Springboks earn their first win over the year over Wales

The second half saw the Boks take control by scoring three tries. Van der Merwe scored a late try to cap off his debut in style. The Emirates Lions winger was faultless throughout the game and deservedly earned his Man of the Match award.