Springboks star in thrilling draw against Barbarians

The Springboks fought to back to earn a thrilling 31-all draw against the Barbarians in the opening match of the Springbok northern hemisphere tour on Saturday in England.

At 31-19 with eight minutes to go, it looked like the Boks would lose their match on tour, but South Africa fought back.

Two players who played a huge role in South Africa’s comeback will not play any further part in the tour.

Jamba Ulengo ran down the left touchline in the 72nd minute and created space for centre Francois Venter to take the inside pass and score the try that brought his team within touching distance of the Barbarians.

Another great run by the Bulls wing set up Rohan Janse van Rensburg for a try in the left corner that tied the scores.

Had Lambie not missed the ensuing conversion, the Springboks would have won.

Springbok coach Allister Coetzee is now preparing for the test against England at Twickenham on Saturday.

“We’ve actually really only got five days for the combination that will play against England to train together and it is a problem. It is now four weeks since the (basic first choice) team played against New Zealand, and we are also working on a change of mindset,” said Coetzee.

“It is going to be a challenge to get the team to gel in time. This week was all about giving youngsters a chance. We have seen these players in the Currie Cup and we know their ability and quality. But when you change your mindset you can’t expect everything just to happen. It is a tough balancing act.

“What is positive is that we will be welcoming back a lot of experience, and we will need that as England are a very experienced side.”