Bongi Mbonambi describes England's "plastic energy" in Rugby World Cup semi-final

Bongi Mbonambi describes England's "plastic energy" in Rugby World Cup semi-final

Springbok hooker Bongi Mbonambi was not too impressed with England's hype efforts at the 2023 Rugby World Cup.

In the latest teaser for the upcoming Chasing the Sun 2 series, one of the Boks' indomitable front-row combinations - Vincent Koch, Bongi Mbonambi and Ox Nché - relived their tense semi-final win over England. 

In the pouring rain that faithful Saturday in Saint-Denis, winger Kurt-Lee Arendse failed to deal with the slippery ball and gifted England a scrum just ten metres out from the Boks' try line. The error cued a flurry of celebrations from several England players.

However,  it was the Bok front row that was licking their lips¦

"After that knock-on, they were celebrating and [doing] whatever the English corner do," recollected the Bok hooker. 

"[It's] plastic energy, you know, when you try and get energy by just shouting. But then you just gotta scrum¦ and you have to scrum against us." 

On cue, Nché and Koch had come on early in the second stanza to add their considerable scrummaging abilities to the front row. They packed down with their teammates and bit down on their mouthguards. 

"As soon as that ball was in¦ we go for them," said Nché. 

"And their ball¦ became our ball."

The World Champions' dominance at scrum time in the second half played a crucial role in the comeback from 15-6 down. The fresh forward pack earned them several penalties, including one in the 78th minute that Handre Pollard slotted to effectively send the Boks into a second consecutive Rugby World Cup final.

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