With two sides clearly struggling with confidence, it was the Wallabies that came on top with a 23-18 victory in their Rugby Championship match played in Brisbane.
The Springboks were leading 18-17 at half time after a strong first 40 minutes. The second half was very poor for the men in green and gold as they failed to score points.
Australia scored in just the second minute of the match as captain and loose forward Michael Hooper scored after eleven phases on the Springbok line.
Flyhalf Elton Jantjies kicked a penalty to make the score 7-3 to the Wallabies, before hooker Bongi Mbonambi crashed over for his try after a good rolling maul by his team to make the score 10-7.
With 10 minutes remaining in the first half, Springbok wing Makazole Mampimpi scored to make the score 15-7.
Mbonambi missed his line-out jumpers four minutes later which led to the easiest of tries for centre Matt Toomua. His try was converted and the score was 15-14 to the Boks.
Elton Jantjies scored his second penalty to give the visitors a four point lead. Wallaby centre Reece Hodge converted a 53-metre penalty on the stroke of half time to make a one point match at the break.
The second half was a sloppy affair with both teams making a lot of errors due to the rainy conditions. Bok scrumhalf Faf de Klerk and fullback Willie le Roux had forgettable nights. Questions are being asked if De Klerk is really an international scrumhalf. He struggles to kick off his right foot to relieve the pressure. Just think how good Fourie du Preez was.
Matt Toomua scored two penalties for the home side in the second half to put them in the lead 23-18. Australia did enough to hold the Boks out to secure their first victory in the 2018 Rugby Championship.
The Springboks next face the mighty All Blacks and Australia will come up against Argentina.
Written By Carl Coertzen – 10/09/18