Springboks No Match For Australia
Springboks No Match For Australia: Heavy rain earlier in the day made for slippery conditions at Lang Park but South Africa, looking to make amends for a loss to Argentina in their last game, made a more than sure-footed start. Australia, looking solid in the set piece and fluent in attack, gradually worked their way back into the match, however, and scrumhalf Will Genia’s lofted pass put Coleman in to score in the corner in the 27th minute. Australia centre Samu Kerevi crossed over the line four minutes later, only for the try to be ruled out by referee Nigel Owens for foot in touch and the match remained finely poised when Etzebeth returned from the sidelines. ustralia produced a survival performance that was neither pretty nor inspiring to beat the Springboks 23-17 in their Castle Lager Rugby Championship match in Brisbane.
On a frustrating night for the Boks where they needed to make a step forward, they started well, scoring twice off turnovers for an early 14-3 lead but then fell apart through a combination of poor decision making and their hard-headed approach to playing the wrong game plan in wet conditions. While coach Allister Coetzee has preached for a balanced attack it is difficult on this performance to see it, as the Boks could still easily have won the game, but made so many errors that they literally stopped their own momentum, especially in the second half. The Boks tried hard in the final stanza, often getting over the advantage line but making the mistakes as they spread it wide that cost them in both territory and possession. And while the mistakes of the game needed to be learnt from, they never found an answer and struggled on, repeating the same mistakes over and over.
Australia: Tries – Adam Colemen, Bernard Foley. Conversions: Bernard Foley (2). Penalties:Foley (3).
South Africa – Tries: Warren Whiteley, Johan Goosen. Conversions: Elton Jantjies (2).Penalty: Morne Steyn.