We said it from the start that this Rugby Championship will be more than just few games leading into the World Cup, but Rassie Erasmus would take a bonus point win over Australia any day of the week.
It was not perfect from both sides but at the end the Springboks took the win 35-17 outscoring the Aussies with five tries to two.
It is at least a positive start the Erasmus 2019 season.
Herschel Jantjies had a dream debut scoring two fo the five tries on the night with Lood de Jager, S’bu Nkosi and Cobus Reinach chipping in.
The Wallabies tries came from Haylett-Petty and Foley who struggle to turn opportunities into points.
It was anyones game still at the break with the Springboks only leading 14-10 but with not much ball in that second half the Aussies just could not stay with the Springboks on the scoreboard.
The defensive systems from both sides were good enough and it was Nkosi that broke the Aussies defence in the 11th minute of the game to send Jantjies over for the first try of the match.
With only a penalty to show for their effort the Aussies did crossed the line but the tries was overturned by the TMO after is was found that Kerevi’s pass was forward to Salakaia-Loto.
Andre Esterhuizen put the Boks on the back foot when he was send off with a yellow card after a dangerous tackle on Banks.
Even with only fourteen men on the field the Springboks were next to score when Pieter-Steph du Toit was put in a gab running down the sideline.
With a chip kick from the big man Herschel Jantjies gather the ball and almost made it to the line bit it was Lood De Jager that used his strength to put the ball over the line for the Springboks second try.
The Aussies had to come back and they did when the got the ball wide for Havlett-Petty to get their first try and reduced the lead to 14-10.
The Aussies had a good period in the last ten minutes of the half but they could not do anything with that and the Boks led them into the break with four points.
The Boks put huge pressure on the Aussies and it had to eventually break the Aussies defence in the 56 minute of the test when Nkosi got over after some great handling from both forwards and backs.
This gave the Springboks a 21-10 lead and they soon extend that lead to 28-10 when Jantjies got his second try snipping down the blindside catching the Aussies asleep.
With the replacements coming on the Springboks lost a bit of their momentum and the Aussies started to be desperate and it was Beale that break the defence to send Foley over and gave them a slight chance still to get back at the Springboks.
With ten minutes to go both sides still had plenty to play for with the Aussies trying to stage a comeback and the Springboks trying to get that bonus point try.
At the end it was the Springboks that reclaim their bonus point when Reinach got pass desperate Aussie defence to take the win and the bonus point in the first weekend of Rugby Championship matches.
Although we knew with not a real full strength Springbok side against the Aussies there will be some issues and that mostly their defensive structure.
With the Aussies also missing out on two tries, one forward pass and one knocked on over the line, we know the game could have been so different, but test matches are decided on small things on the field and on the day that went to the Boks.
A lot to work on for the All Blacks test next week but no one can really complain on a bonus point win with key players not playing.
For South Africa: Tries: H Jantjies 2, De Jager, Nkosi, Reinach Cons: E Jantjies (5) Yellow Card: Esterhuizen
For Australia: Tries: Haylett-Petty, Foley Cons: Foley (2) Pen: Foley Yellow Card: Tupou
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