The much-anticipated forward clash between the World XV tight five and the Bok XV was completely one-sided.
It was rudely illustrated by Cobus Visagie’s hammering of Deon Carstens for the first 60 minutes, until Carstens was substituted for Lawrence Sephaka in the second half. Visagie then also gave Sephaka a horrible working over.
“Our scrum definitely won the day. Their loosehead prop [Carstens] hardly bound the entire game and just put his arm on his knee and rolled in under and kept falling in and managed to get six points for the Springboks, which is ridiculous,” said Dwyer. “They were targetting Cobus for the sake of targetting Cobus. I think our scrum did remarkably well.”
Visagie, a veteran of 29 Tests for South Africa, was dismissed by coach Jake White as a possible World Cup 2007 candidate. If he is not, then Carstens most certainly is not.
Dwyer bemoaned the performance of South African referee Tappe Henning.
“And that last penalty wasn’t even a penalty. I think Tappe looked away and missed why the ball had come out. He definitely made a mistake and it cost us,” added the former Wallaby World Cup-winning mentor.
Dwyer had a warning for the Tri-Nations though: “It would be silly to think the Boks won’t improve.”
By Andrew Hollely, at Ellis Park