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Jantjies proves the star on Springboks bow

20th July 2019, 19:21 by Tom McGarry

Debutant Herschel Jantjies was the star of the show as South Africa beat Australia 35-17 in their Rugby Championship opener.

The Stormers' scrum-half got the ball rolling for the Springboks after just 10 minutes of Saturday's Test at Ellis Park with a converted try and they moved further ahead thanks to a score from Lood de Jager, despite the fact Andre Esterhuizen was sin-binned at the time for a high tackle.

Australia then reduced the arrears through Dane Haylett Petty, but South Africa still held a 14-10 advantage at half-time.

After the break, Rassie Erasmus' side took further control, with Jantjies grabbing his second try, as well as scores from S'busiso Nkosi and Cobus Reinach that ultimately helped South Africa to a bonus-point win.

Jantjies contributed 20 of South Africa's points in total and he left the field to rapturous applause when he was replaced after 65 minutes.

The 23-year-old has done his chances of earning a place in Erasmus' World Cup squad no harm at all and he will be hoping to get a chance to impress further when the Springboks travel to Wellington to take on world champions New Zealand in their second match of this year's Rugby Championship next weekend.

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Tom McGarry completed his sports journalist degree in 2011,and has since has become an integral part of the editorial and audio team. He is passionate about all things sport, particularly football, and is a lifelong supporter of his hometown club Carlisle United.

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