By Paul Morgan, editor of Rugby World
Leicester have enjoyed some big victories in their illustrious history, but this one will rank up there with the best. A South African side packed with Super 14 and Test players were humbled and don’t be fooled by the 22-17 scoreline and the pressure that South Africa put on the Leicester line in the final minutes. This was a convincing win for the Tigers, that they never looked like losing. Leicester in contrast to the experienced South Africans had a side full of young Academy players and others out of position, although they were crucially able to field a very experienced front row in Stankovich, Mefin Davies and Castrogiovanni, who destroyed their Springbok counterparts and set the platform for this win.
Castrogiovanni was my man of the match, not just for the way he dismantled the Springbok scrum, but for his work around the park, where he led the Leicester pack into some ferocious work at the breakdown.
Other players to stand out
Manu Tuilagi: The newest member of the legendary Tuilagi family. He’s only 18 but is an extraordinarily powerful runner and a big hitter in defence. I’d like to see him try and run round defenders once in a while but at 18 what a prospect!
Calum Green – It’s remarkable to think the Tigers lock made his first team debut last weekend. Composed and with Geoff Parling and Dan Hemingway ensured a tough night at the office for the Springbok lineout.
Boris Stankovich – He’ll be England qualified next June and Martin Johnson should be on the phone already. One you could and should play for England. But did you watch the match? Who was your man of the match?