Psychology

Rugby Ireland trumps South Africa to win 19-16 in blood-curdling battle

Ireland came out on top in a physical battle against South Africa with a 19-16 win on Saturday that gave the top of the global rankings a psychological boost against the world champions ahead of their title defense next year. After a brutal first 40 minutes with more injuries than pure line breaks, the game started early in the second half with quick attempts from Josh van der Flier and Mack Hansen to give Ireland a 16-6 lead.

The host’s stern defense finally gave way 13 minutes from time when the South African lock Franco Mostert extended. A penalty from Johnny Sexton for the Irish made it a deciding game of eight points and a try by Kurt-Lee Arendse in the 76th minute was not enough, as the absence of a recognized visitors’ keeper was costly.

The win meant Andy Farrell’s men followed their first-ever three-Test win in New Zealand in July with another key win against a team they will face again in 10 months’ time in the group stage of the World Cup in France.

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