Rugby Championship: Australia and South Africa Share the Spoils

The Wallabies hosted the Springboks in the third round of the Rugby Championship on Saturday the 9th of September.

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Elton Jantjies got the first points on the board with a penalty conversion, before his opposite number Bernard Foley matched him with the same.

Jesse Kriel made a long grubber in his own half and chased it down with Raymond Rhule before the bounced favoured the Springboks and Jesse Kriel picked up to score. It took one minute for the
Aussies to hit back as Kurtley Beale scored after the restart. Going into the break it was 13 – 10 to the hosts.

The second half saw the hosts go into the lead through a dominant driving maul that saw Tatafu Polota-Nau score. The Boks missed a great chance after Kolisi made a break before Serfontein was tackled metres before the line.

Malcolm Marx brought the Boks back into the game after a try from a good rolling maul, the referee had to double check the grounding with the television match official, but the try was awarded,
Janties converts to level matters.

The Boks came close again through Kolisi who picked up a loose ball from the scrum to pass to Jesse Kriel who offloaded in the tackle to Jaco Kriel who knocked on just before the line, with 66 minutes played the game was still level at 20 - 20.

The Boks forwards were on song as they won the Wallabies scrum, before Jantjies scored the conversion. 23 - 20 with 13 minutes to play. Bernard Foley's conversion from the 40 metre mark brought the game level again at 23 - 23. 

It seemed a draw was imminent as both sides were matching each other on defense and in the scrums. The ping pong battle continued as both sides were seeking the territorial advantage.

The closing seconds saw the Boks in the Australian 22 as the hooter sounded. The Boks kept the phases rolling and it seemed they looked for a penalty or a drop goal attempt. Jantjies drop goal attempt was charged down before it was picked up by the Boks but a knock on by Jesse Kriel saw the Australians with the advantage. But a tackle on Beale caused him to knock on the ball before the final whistle blew!

Final Score: Australia 23 -23 South Africa

Writtern by Lungelo Mdladla for Hollywoodbets

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