The Stats XV lineout features Eben Etzebeth and Pieter-Steph du Toit after the indomitable Springbok second row stood tall in Perth.
13 – Jesse Kriel
Attack: 11 carries, 58 metres run, good passes 5/7, 1 offload, 1 tackle break, 1 turnover conceded
Defence: 13 tackles, 100% tackle-completion, 1 turnover tackle
Kicking: 1 kick from hand, 41 kicking metres
Errors: 3 handling errors
5 – Pieter-Steph du Toit
Attack: 5 carries, 46 metres run, good passes 1/2, 2 linebreaks
Defence: 9 tackles, 100% tackle-completion, 1 turnover won
First Phase: 1 lineout stolen, 4 lineouts won
4 – Eben Etzebeth
Attack: 9 carries, 23 metres run
Defence: 6 tackles, 100% tackle-completion, 1 dominant tackle, 1 turnover tackle
Errors: 2 handling errors
First Phase: 5 lineouts won
3 – Coenie Oosthuizen
Attack: 3 carries, 9 metres run
Defence: 18 tackles made, 100% tackle-completion, 2 dominant tackles
Errors: 1 free-kick conceded
Du Toit received lots of plaudits for the quality of involvements in his first Test start of the season, while Etzebeth continued to grow in his role as Bok captain.
Together, the Bok second row accounted for 69 metres from 14 carries, 15 tackles and 9 lineouts won.
Coenie Oosthuizen and Jesse Kriel doubled the South African quota in the squad. The outside centre made the highlight reel by scoring a try on one of 11 runs for 58 metres, including 1 offload and 1 tackle break, but Oosthuizen most deserved his call-up.
The burly tighthead prop played for 76 minutes – almost unheard of this century – and made a lung-busting 18 tackles (2 dominant) after packing down in 13 scrums without conceding a single penalty!
It’s just a theory, but maybe he broke his arm just to get off the field for a puff of air!?