It was a match of missed opportunities and poor tactics from both sides that made for a 23-all draw on Saturday. The Springboks tactics in that first half and for most of the second half was strange as they persist on kicking ball away with no real pressure.
It was a frustrating test to watch and the Springbok brain-trust made the wrong decisions for this test. The backline showed no real ambition in breaking the Aussies defence and Jesse Kriel was yet again one of the poor players for the Boks.
Defence was not good enough and we expected much more from this Springbok side against what can only be describe as a poor Aussie side.
It was made out as the first real test for the Springboks this year and a must win to really challenge the All Blacks next week.
The game never really got going as both teams scored one try in the first forty minutes but the quality of both was not present.
Both teams wanted to get the ball out wide and run at the space but mistakes and poor decision making stop any more tries.
It was the Springboks who got first on the board with a penalty but the Aussies got one back soon after.
The Springboks seemed to have decided to kick the ball behind the Aussies which did not work as their kicks and follow up was poor to say the least.
Their defence also seemed to be struggling as the Aussies found allot of holes in that first half.
The Springboks scored the first try from a turnover in their own half which ended up with Kriel scoring, giving the Springboks a 10-3 lead.
The Aussies immediately hit back from a poor kick-off which they missed and Beale running through the Springboks poor defence.
Just before halftime the Aussies got a penalty over to lead 13-10 at the break.
The second half was better in a way for the Boks but to many mistakes and missed opportunities they had to seal the game.
A fantastic driving maul saw Australia hooker Tatafu Polota-Nau score a converted try early in the second half. South Africa reduced the home side’s lead to seven points after Jantjies slotted another penalty kick which was awarded after a Wallaby was caught offside.
The Springboks then scored a levelling converted try after a 20 metre maurauding maul resulted in a try for Springbok hooker Malcolm Marx. After 67 minutes, a monsterous Bok scrum from five metres out resulted in a penalty awarded which Jantjies duely converted.
Foley responded with his third penalty conversion after South Africa illegally cleared out the scrum-half. Posession was exchanged numerous times in the last five minutes but the drama ended with a 23-23 draw.
Tries: Beale, Polota-Nau
Cons: Foley 2
Pens: Foley 3
For South Africa:
Tries: Kriel, Marx
Cons: Jantjies 2
Pens: Jantjies 3