Wallabies pip Boks in Brisbane

Rugby Championship 2018: Australia vs South Africa Match Report

Australia defeated South Africa 23-18 at the Suncorp Stadium to claim four vital log point in Saturday’s Rugby Championship encounter in Brisbane.

Despite the result, the Springboks remain in second-place on the overall standings, nine-points behind front-runners New Zealand.

The Wallabies had been dealt a major blow in the lead-up to the Test match when, first David Pocock and then Israel Folau, were ruled out through respective injuries after having initially been named in the run-on side.

The Aussies got off to the best possible start when skipper Michael Hooper went over inside two-minutes for the hosts after some poor defensive play by the Boks.

Elton Jantjies hit back with a penalty for the South Africans before Bongi Mbonambi scored from a powerful lineout drive.

The Springboks were dominating both the territory and possession stakes and would extend their lead through Makazole Mapimpi, when the right winger went over in the corner.

Former Western Province-man, Matt Toomua, capitalized on an awful decision inside the Boks’ 22, as he managed to gather and dive under the sticks after a poor overthrow at lineout time.

The decision-making and execution of both sides was found sorely lacking at times, but Siya Kolisi’s men nevertheless headed for the half-time oranges with a slender 18-17 lead after both Jantjies and Reece Hodge traded penalties.

As it turned out, defence would be the order of the day with both the Wallabies (96) and South Africa (90) making for a Test match fought mainly in the tight-loose.

Six-points off the boot of Toomua stretched the hosts’ lead out to five as both sides began to display frustration at what had become a proper battle of attrition in Brisbane.

The Boks had one last chance to snatch a win with an injury-time scum inside their opponents’ 22, but a knock on meant the scores remained.

The Australians will next host Argentina, while South Africa cross the Tasman to take on New Zealand in Round Four.

Cons – Toomua (2)
Pens –  Hodge, Toomua (2)

South Africa:
Tries – Mbonambi, Mapimpi
Cons – Jantjies
Pens – Jantjies (2)


15 Dane Haylett-Petty, 14 Jack Maddocks, 13 Reece Hodge, 12 Matt Toomua, 11 Marika Koroibete, 10 Kurtley Beale, 9 Will Genia, 8 Pete Samu, 7 Michael Hooper (c), 6 Lukhan Tui, 5 Adam Coleman, 4 Rory Arnold, 3 Allan Alaalatoa, 2 Tatafu Polota-Nau, 1 Scott Sio
Replacements: 16 Folau Fainga’a, 17 Tom Robertson, 18 Taniela Tupou, 19 Izack Rodda, 20 Ned Hanigan, 21 Joe Powell, 22 Bernard Foley, 23 Tom Banks

South Africa:
15 Willie le Roux, 14 Makazole Mapimpi, 13 Jesse Kriel, 12 Damian de Allende, 11 Aphiwe Dyantyi, 10 Elton Jantjies, 9 Francois de Klerk, 8 Warren Whiteley, 7 Pieter-Steph du Toit, 6 Siyamthanda Kolisi (c), 5 Franco Mostert, 4 Eben Etzebeth, 3 Frans Malherbe, 2 Mbongeni Mbonambi, 1 Steven Kitshoff

Replacements: 16 Malcolm Marx, 17 Tendai Mtawarira, 18 Wilco Louw, 19 Rudolph Snyman, 20 Francois Louw, 21 Embrose Papier, 22 Handré Pollard, 23 Cheslin Kolbe

Written by Shaun Goosen for Hollywoodbets

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