Springbok’s insane off the ball activity is captured
Though it may not have been seen at the time during South Africa’s comfortable 29-10 win over Argentina at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium on Saturday, Willie le Roux should take a bow for his Herculean effort in setting up Makazole Mapimpi’s try.
The fullback was the last man to provide the pass to his winger, drawing in two Argentinian defenders before releasing the ball for Mapimpi to dot down in the corner.
But new angles show the effort that was made by le Roux to make sure he was in place to provide the pass, running for the other side of the ruck, wrapping round a total of nine teammates to be the second-to-last man.
This was his effort in the try:
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When taking into account the intense schedule the Springboks have had over the past two months, this makes le Roux’s energy levels and work rate all the more impressive. Head coach Jacques Nienaber highlighted this effort by the entire squad after the win.
“I’m unbelievably proud of the squad of players,” said Nienaber.
“This was a massive test match for us; not bigger than a World Cup or a British & Irish Lions series match, but it was huge for us internally.
“If you take the perspective of the SA ‘A’ match against the Lions and then three Test matches against them and then two really tough Tests against Argentina, it was six Test matches in a row and at the end of it I can just say well done to the guys.
“The players deserve all the credit; it’s them sacrificing themselves for their country and their team; I’m massively privileged to work with people like that.”