Rugby Championship

De Villiers rues late errors

2014-09-06 17:24
Jean de Villiers (Gallo Images)
Perth - Wing Rob Horne scored a thrilling try in the dying minutes as Australia overhauled the Springboks 24-23 for their first win of this year's Rugby Championship on Saturday.

As it happened: Australia v SA

The result will be a bitter pill for the visitors to swallow, especially after they talked about "cool heads" after coming back in the dying minutes against Argentina a fortnight ago to snatch victory in Salta.

"I thought we played pretty well in stages, but they played well right to the end and scored the try," said South Africa captain Jean de Villiers.

"It was a bit tough to defend with 14 players and a few mistakes cost us.

"I thought we did well in the first-half to play the conditions well, but we made a few bad errors in the second half."



15 Israel Folau, 14 Adam Ashley-Cooper, 13 Tevita Kuridrani, 12 Matt Toomua, 11 Rob Horne, 10 Bernard Foley, 9 Nick Phipps, 8 Wycliff Palu, 7 Michael Hooper (captain), 6 Scott Fardy, 5 Rob Simmons, 4 Sam Carter, 3 Sekope Kepu, 2 James Hanson, 1 James Slipper

Substitutes: 16 Josh Mann-Rea, 17 Pek Cowan, 18 Ben Alexander, 19 James Horwill, 20 Scott Higginbotham, 21 Matt Hodgson, 22 Nic White, 23 Kurtley Beale

South Africa

15 Willie le Roux, 14 Cornal Hendricks, 13 Jan Serfontein, 12 Jean de Villiers (captain), 11 Bryan Habana, 10 Morné Steyn, 9 Ruan Pienaar, 8 Duane Vermeulen, 7 Marcell Coetzee, 6 Francois Louw, 5 Victor Matfield, 4 Eben Etzebeth, 3 Jannie du Plessis, 2 Adriaan Strauss, 1 Tendai Mtawarira.

Substitutes: 16 Bismarck du Plessis, 17 Trevor Nyakane, 18 Marcel van der Merwe, 19 Lood de Jager, 20 Warren Whiteley, 21 Francois Hougaard, 22 Pat Lambie, 23 Damian de Allende


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