Another poor performance gave them their second lost in this years Rugby Championship against Australia when they went down 23-17
With both teams under the fire, desperation was at the order of the day and a must win from the outset.
The Springboks started much better than the previous two test and with better handling and skills they scored the first try of the match after Etzebeth could get pass the defense down the line.
The Springboks under pressure forced an intercept by Strauss and with Jantjies kick ahead, Goosen was at the end of a brilliant try to make the score 14-3 after a few minutes.
The Aussies did not sit back and they put the pressure back on the Boks and turned two penalties down to go for lineouts and eventually score with Coleman in the corner after the second attempt.
This made the score 14-10 for the Springboks after 31 min.
Penalties started to mount up against the Springboks giving the Aussies the territory to play from and attack the Springboks line.
With the Springboks losing their shape the Aussies were getting into the game and had all the ball in forcing the Boks into mistakes.
They closed the score with another penalty to make it only 14-13 after 36 min.
The Springboks did have a change to stretch the lead but Jantjies again missed the kick which is something we have gotten used to.
The Springboks seemed to start fading as the game progress giving the Aussies the opportunities to play a more direct game.
At half time the Springboks had a narrow lead of 14-13.
The second half did not start well for the Springboks and the Aussies took full advantage of the yellow card for Etzebeth kicking the penalty to take the lead 16-14.
The Springboks had great escape when the TMO decided a try in the corner was in goal by Aussies.
With the Aussies on full attack all the Springboks were doing was defend, defend and even on attack the Springboks could not support players on attack with Faf too slow from the rucks.
The Aussies controlled the game on attack and defense making the Springboks looking ordinary at times.
With pressure on the Boks the Australian finally got that second try they wanted and stretch the lead to 23-14 after 60 min.
On attack the Springboks just kept losing the ball on contact or gave easy turnovers away which kept then from scoring any tries.
The handling mistakes kept coming as the Springboks tried to safe yet another game but with the Aussies defense as good as it was they kept them out and took the win 23-18.
This was yet another poor performance from the Springboks not making any improvement from previous test, just more questions than answers.
Tries: Coleman, Foley
Cons: Foley 2
Pens: Foley 3
For South Africa:
Tries: Whiteley, Goosen
Cons: Jantjies 2
Yellow Card: Etzebeth