At the end the Springboks made hard work in getting a well deserved win beating the Aussies 23-12.
There was a lot of frustration on how the french referee let the Aussies more time on the ball at ruck time and not looking at the side entries from the Aussies throughout the test.
The first half was much better than the second half with the Springboks getting over the line within the first two minutes of the test.
It was a brilliant read from Dyantyi getting the intercept and the Springboks first try.
The Springboks dominated the test in the first twenty minutes and got their second try from a great break by Pollard to send De Klerk over.
With a lead of 14-0 the Springboks should have kicked on and ran away with the match but they let the Aussies back into the game through some poor kicking again.
Faf de Klerk box-kicks was yet again not on par and put the Springboks on the back foot every time he kicked.
The Aussies answered with two tries of their own and with the score at 14-12 the Springboks were back under pressure.
Pollard manage two penalties at the end of the half to take the scores to 20-12 at the break.
The second half was a poor half for both teams having enough opportunities to score but bad decision making and poor handling let both down.
The Springboks got the first and only points on the board early on when Pollard slotted another penalty over to take the score to 23-12.
That was the final points in the test which was disappointed from both sides.
The Springboks had their opportunities but small errors again stopped them from scoring.
At the end teh Springboks defence again pulled them through even when Aphiwe Dyantyi was yellow carded. This was a crucial time in the test with the Aussies doing all the playing in the Springboks twenty two.
The Springboks held on till the end but it will again be a test of what could have been.
Next week it is teh All Blacks in Pretoria and they will have to again lift their game 120% from this performance to beat the world champions
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South Africa: 15 Willie le Roux, 14 Cheslin Kolbe, 13 Jesse Kriel, 12 André Esterhuizen, 11 Aphiwe Dyantyi, 10 Handré Pollard, 9 Faf de Klerk, 8 Sikhumbuzo Notshe, 7 Pieter-Steph du Toit, 6 Siya Kolisi (c), 5 Franco Mostert, 4 Eben Etzebeth, 3 Frans Malherbe, 2 Malcolm Marx, 1 Tendai Mtawarira
Replacements: 16 Bongi Mbonambi, 17 Steven Kitshoff, 18 Wilco Louw, 19 RG Snyman, 20 Marco van Staden, 21 Embrose Papier , 22 Elton Jantjies, 23 Damian Willemse
Australia: 15 Dane Haylett-Petty, 14 Israel Folau, 13 Reece Hodge, 12 Matt Toomua, 11 Marika Koroibete, 10 Kurtley Beale, 9 Will Genia, 8 David Pocock, 7 Michael Hooper (c), 6 Ned Hanigan, 5 Izack Rodda, 4 Adam Coleman, 3 Taniela Tupou, 2 Tatafu Polota-Nau, 1 Scott Sio
Replacements: 16 Folau Faingaa, 17 Sekope Kepu, 18 Allan Alaalatoa, 19 Rory Arnold, 20 Rob Simmons, 21 Nick Phipps, 22 Bernard Foley, 23 Jack Maddocks