Australia 26 v Springboks 19


Both teams are under huge pressure with the losers basically out of the running for a title shot.


8 September 2012
Wallabies v Springboks
Patersons Stadium, Perth
Kick off (1835 local, 1035 GMT, 2235 NZT, 2035 NSW/ACT, 1235 SAT, 0735 ARG)
Referee: N Owens (WRU)
AR: W Barnes (RFU)
AR: G Jackson (NZRU)
TMO: M Goddard (ARU)


Played 74: Australia 32, South Africa 41, Drawn 1
Last match: Australia 11 – 9 South Africa @ Westpac Stadium, Wellington (RWC, 9 October, 2011)

Australia record at Paterson’s Stadium/Subiaco Oval: Played 11, Won 7, Lost 3, Drawn 1
Australia record at home: Played 249, Won 152, Lost 90, Drawn 7

South Africa record at Paterson’s Stadium/Subiaco Oval: Played 6, Won 3, Lost 2, Drawn 1
South African record away from home: Played 190, Won 108, Lost 74, Drawn 8

Point’s aggregate: Australia 1303, South Africa 1385 (18-19)
Tries aggregate: Australia 135, South Africa 165 (2-2)


25 August, 2012: Australia 0 – 22 New Zealand (2nd round of The Rugby Championship)
18 August, 2012: Australia 19 – 27 New Zealand (1st round of The Rugby Championship)
23 June, 2012: Australia 20 – 19 Wales (4rd test June tour)
16 June, 2012: Australia 25 – 23 Wales (3rd test June tour)
9 June, 2012: Australia 27 – 19 Wales (2nd test June tour)
5 June, 2012: Australia 6 – 9 Scotland (1st test June tour)

25 August, 2012: South Africa 16 – 16 Argentina (2nd round of The Rugby Championship)
18 August, 2012: South Africa 27 – 6 Argentina (1st round of The Rugby Championship)
23 June, 2012: South Africa 14 – 14 England (3rd test June tour)
16 June, 2012: South Africa 36 – 27 England (2nd test June tour)
9 June, 2012: South Africa 22 – 17 England (1st test June tour)
9 October, 2012: South Africa 9 – 11 Australia (RWC QF)


Australia: 15 Kurtley Beale, 14 Dominic Shipperley, 13 Adam Ashley-Cooper, 12 Berrick Barnes, 11 Digby Ioane, 10 Quade Cooper, 9 Will Genia (c), 8 Radike Samo, 7 Michael Hooper, 6 Dave Dennis, 5 Nathan Sharpe, 4 Sitaleki Timani, 3 Ben Alexander, 2 Stephen Moore, 1 Benn Robinson

Replacements: 16 Tatafu Polota Nau, 17 James Slipper, 18 Scott Higginbotham, 19 Liam Gill, 20 Nick Phipps, 21 Mike Harris, 22 Anthony Fainga’a

South Africa: 15 Zane Kirchner, 14 Bryan Habana, 13 Jean de Villiers (c), 12 Frans Steyn, 11 Francois Hougaard 10 Morné Steyn, 9 Ruan Pienaar, 8 Duane Vermeulen, 7 Willem Alberts, 6 Marcell Coetzee, 5 Juandre Kruger, 4 Eben Etzebeth, 3 Jannie du Plessis, 2 Adriaan Strauss, 1 Beast Mtawarira.

Replacements: 16 Tiaan Liebenberg, 17 Pat Cilliers, 18 Flip van der Merwe, 19 Francois Louw, 20 Johan Goosen, 21 Pat Lambie, 22 Lwazi Mvovo.

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  1. Here we go… huge stakes here for both teams…

    Here’s hoping the Boks are going to smash the rucks and the Hoopers and Gills… and that means ALL Boks arriving at the break-down in ‘quick’ succession…

  2. What is Barnes doing with those stupid grubbers in his own half… good for the Boks…

    Wallaby pack far better with ball-in-hand… as are their backs (if they don’t keep kicking it away)…

  3. And there you go the Wallabie’s counter-ruck the ball off the Boks… when are the Boks going to learn the same old I have been repeating for months? :bangheadt:

  4. Still painful this simple ‘protecting’ of own ball at snails-pace rather than smashing the clean-outs and using the pick-n-go!

  5. Reply to Deon @ 1:24 pm:

    They cannot as they rarely give themselves quick-ball from their own ruck-zone… either from cleaning-out or splitting the Wallabies up the middle with the pick-n-go (at pace) nor the odd off-load to support runners…

    They are out-kicking the Wallabies who have been playing right into their hands with those pathetic grubbers… and Kirchner and co have been punishing them…

  6. Reply to Duiwel @ 1:45 pm:

    Wallabies have just scored and why?

    Because they can do what the Boks cannot… ie get quick-ball on their own line AND use the pick-n-go to split them up the middle at pace AND counter ruck/pilfer ball off the Bok’s ball… same thing the Boks haven’t learned since the 2011 1/4’s…

    16-13 Wallabies!

  7. Mvovo making a HUGE blunder there!

    Out of position on the kick-off… leaves the ball to bounce… hit’s his foot and a 5m scrum to the Wallabies (and area they’re dominating)!

    Same Bok mistakes over and over… easy kick right in front for Barnes!

  8. Reply to Kat @ 1:57 pm:

    Zero to do with 10 this poor performance in the second half… Bok backline plays are all from stop-start… Wallabies have simply kept ball-in-hand and are doing everything the Bok pack (and backs) cannot at the break-down on their own ball… ie get the quick-ball needed and split them up the middle…


  9. I saw 80% better clearing out and pick-n-go’s and support play at pace by the lowly ITM teams today as opposed to the Bok blundering!

  10. And there you go… Wallaby backs and pack smash the Boks ball-in-hand, split them down the side-line… and hey presto… Alexander (with his support) skittles players (particularly) Mvovo out of the way for the try!

  11. Reply to Kevin Rack @ 2:21 pm:


    Problems for the Boks

    1. Slow service from base of ruck and scrum.

    2. Get a defense coach. Where did the aggressive, rush defense go?

    3. First option is always the kick. Until Lambie and Goosen came on. Goosen was pulled back in line pretty quickly though.

    4. Aggression. They play like 7 year olds that are tentative of the contact situation.

    Heyneke, why replace the hooker 5 minutes out?

  12. Reply to Deon @ 2:29 pm:

    on your last point – to avoid the criticism he got for leaving Lambie on the bench in the last game?!

    biggest difference was how the Bokke let the Aussies make a yard or 2 in the contact – no big hits of note like the Argies did on the ABs

  13. Reply to JT_BOKBEFOK! @ 2:31 pm:

    2nd half with ball-in-hand the Aussies always ran at pace with support players… who if the ball wasn’t passed/off-loaded turned into the first to smash any Bok tacklers out of the ruck-zone… they then either continued with the pick-n-go at pace spewing defenders in their wake… or had nice quick ball…

    Something the Boks cannot and seemingly will not do… they rather go to ground and to a halt and simply build protection like an U15E team…

    Slow ball, easy to counter-ruck and free reign for any opposition pilferers…

    The lesson is simply not being learned… and it doesn’t matter who plays in the backline…

    Add poor scrumming and LO’s and there you go…

  14. I would love to hear from all the guys that have been defending HM about what went wrong this time. I suppose it ‘execution’ again. This kak gameplan just cost us a game against one of the worst Aussie team in years.
    Even the Aussies had a plan B after their shocking 1st half where they kicked all their ball away. I bet Heyneke still thinks his gameplan is perfect and that Morne Steyn is the person to execute it.

  15. I have just decided this week I won’t criticise anymore and give them the benefit of the doubt.

    Now I give up. I have nothing more to say.

  16. I keep hearing this ‘worst Aussie team in years’ what a load of bollocks…

    What is the basis of this call? Two losses to the world number 1’s who are streets ahead of the pack and more than likely won’t lose a game this year?

    On the basis of the unbeaten series win against the 6Nations champs Wales just recently?

    Apart from Pocock, Horwill and JO’c injuries… and Moore just out… this team man-for-man is every bit the team that beat the Kiwi’s in Brisbane to take the 3N title (and beat the Boks in both games) not too mention with the addition of some new ‘better’ blood…

    Extremely uninformed… or do some still equate Super form with test success?


  17. Yip, same crap – and wait for Hak Hak’s jargon. General lack of taking ownership on the field. We need real captain – John, please make a comeback!!!

  18. Nonsense. This is definitaly the worst Austrailian team we have played in a long time. Don’t try and sugercoat it.
    Moore, Mitchell, O conner,Pocock and especially captain Horwill will make a huge differnce to this team. And you conveniently forget to look at the form of the players. Beale is overweight and in terrible form. Ashley Cooper has been very poor, Ben Robinson has been terible, Rocky Elsom has not been replaced by a propper blindside, Cooper is not back to his best yet either, and Barnes still looks afraid to make contact after all the head injuries.

    This is definately a weak Aus team, but we are even weaker at the moment because of injuries and players retiring.
    I don’t blame Heyneke. This is basically a new era of Springbok rugby with a bunch of new players and will take time to reach its potential.