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Castle Lager Rugby Championship – Aussies knock Springboks back to earth


The Wallabies played a much more organised game on Sunday and beat the Springboks with a penalty kick from Cooper after the hooter.

It was 26-26 for the Springboks with a minute to go and with a power scrum the Aussies got a penalty which Cooper knocked over as he did all night.

The Aussies was brilliant on attack and founded the Springboks defence out a few times which put them under huge pressure.

The Springboks had a bad night and will have to go back and fix it quickly for next week.

The Springboks started the game playing foe field position which was not strange to see.

The Springboks put huge pressure on the Wallabies with their kick and chase ball and forced them into their twenty two to get a penalty which Pollard kicked over for the first points.

Cooper quickly got the opportunity to even things up with a penalty of his own from a ruck.

WIth the first scrum inside the Aussies half the referee gave the Springboks their first penalty from the set pieces which Pollard kicked over again.

The Aussies replied wit another Cooper penalty again from a ruck.

The Springboks then loss their captain when he made a tip tackle which reduced them to 14 players.

WIth a man down the Wallabies speed up the game and they found space for Kellaway to get the first try of the match. That gave the home side the lead 13-6.

With Siya back on the field the Aussies gave away three penalties in a row and earned themselves a yellow card.

The Springboks stuck to their maul and got Bongi over for their first try of the match.

Cooper got another penalty when the Springboks was judge offside and extend the home side lead to five again. The Wallabies kept putting the Springboks under pressure with quick ball and good backline play.

They were even able to get a scrum penalty just before halftime to extend their lead to 19-11.

It was a good half for the home side and some thinking to do for the Springboks.

The Springboks controlled the first part of the second half and after two opportunities Pollard finally got one over to reduced the lead.

The Springboks loss shape in the game and got worse when Willie Le Roux was yellow carded for a deliberate knock on. Cooper happily extend the home side lead.

Pete Samu then got a yellow card for a generous tackle.. The Wallabies then got it wrong with the Springboks lineout drive which saw Marx going over for their second try of the match.

Cooper extended the home side lead again with another penalty. The Springboks came back with another try by Marx from a maul bt it was the boot form Cooper after the hooter that sealed a great win for the Wallabies.

The Wallabies took the Springboks on and the visitors struggled to get their foot in the game.


Australia: Tries – Andrew Kellaway Conversions – Quade Cooper Penalties – Quade Cooper(6)

Springboks: Tries – Bongi Mbonambi, Malcolm Marx(2) Conversions – Handre Pollard,  Penalties – Hander Pollard(2)