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



Springbok Australia


Tries: Tries:
Dyantyi, De Klerk Hodge, Genia
Penalties Penalties
Pollard(3) None
Cons Cons
Pollard(2) Toomua

The teams:

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

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  1. Ref total shit. The French refs are all absolutely terrible without exception – it’s like they have no feel whatsoever for the game. Saved Ozzie blushes in 1st half when Boks should’ve ended it.

    That’s a v good wallabies side and best props they’ve had in a decade.

    Faf and his s box kicks – Rassie really gotta make another plan.

    Psdt and Kolisi and Marx and Kolbe outstanding

    Got to have more talent at 12.

  2. I think we did some excellent game management at times – with great decision-making on attack and defence. But then we made so many basic errors to just pass it back to Ozzies again. For sure upward curve – under AC we would have lost this game by a few.

  3. Another week another double the oppositions tackles… all that counts is the scoreboard… but they certainly make it difficult for themselves.

    ”There was a lot of frustration on how the french referee let the Aussies more time on the ball at ruck time ”

    Yet like last week they commit zero players to the ruck-zone… the angry Lebbo is too thick to see what they should be doing from there against the the Boks ‘spreading’ rather than counter-rucking the buggery off the players on the deck… I doubt the AB’s would not have noticed that.

    Could barely keep my eyes open for this snore-fest after 120k at the MCG for the Aussie Rules grand-final that stops the nation.

  4. ”That’s a v good wallabies side”… bwahaha… it’s worst ranked Australian side in the history of the game…

  5. We’ve now smacked the English, Ozzie and the All Black – what you complaining about?

    Is there anyone that can actually beat the Boks when on form?

  6. Wales played our C team with Erasmus 1 test in. England 3rd test was a deadrubber against our B team. Oz at home were v v lucky against Boks who played poorly.

  7. @cab:

    Bok B side against Welsh C side… look at the scoreboard.
    England 3rd test away from altitude… look at the scoreboard.
    Oz home test almost every stat matched each other… look at the scoreboard.

    Rassie Erasmus on 56% win/loss, granted like JW he inherited the worst performing Springbok side in the professional era… one filled the trophy cabinet immediately with a 3N cup and a Mandela Cup.

    The trendline has at least bottomed, held and heading back in the right direction.

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