South Africa recorded three wins from three matches to end the 2012 season on a relative high with wins over Ireland, Scotland and England.
The tour began with a 16-12 win over Ireland. The Irish were without their captain Brian O’Driscoll and stalwart lock Paul O’Connell for the clash, while South Africa lost Tendai “Beast” Mtawarira to recurring heart palpitations.
Ireland went into half time with a 12-3 lead but South Africa was able to take hold of the match after the break, with a try from Ruan Pienaar and good kicking from Patrick Lambie giving them the win.
Next, South Africa travelled to Edinburgh to face Scotland.
South Africa’s first try came through hooker Adriaan Strauss. He scored another try in the second half after intercepting the ball.At half time, South Africa had a 14-3 lead. Although Scotland scored a try in the second half, consistent kicking allowed South Africa to hold on and beat Scotland 21-10.
South Africa faced England in the final match of the tour. South Africa was prevented from playing their preferred running game because of the wet conditions, but Lambie was on target with the boot and did not miss a single kick. England dominated forward play, but Willem Alberts was able to score the match’s only try.
England was awarded a penalty late in the game. England Captain Chris Robshaw opted to take the three-point kick rather than setting up a line out, even though a try could have won England the match. South Africa dug deep to win 16-15.