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As it happened: Springboks 23-12 Wallabies

2018-09-29 18:53
Last Updated at 14:11
29 Sep 18:59

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Next week, the Springboks host the All Blacks in Pretoria, while the Wallabies will tackle Los Pumas in Salta.

29 Sep 18:57


Bok flank Pieter-Steph du Toit was again South Africa's standout player. He is massive to their cause!

29 Sep 18:56

The Springboks enjoyed a meagre 40% possession and 36% territory but can again be proud of a staunch defensive effort.

The hosts made 129/148 tackles (87%), while the visitors only made 61/71 (86%).

29 Sep 18:52

An ugly second half, but the Boks will take the win and run!

However, they will know they have lots to improve on...

29 Sep 18:52
FULL-TIME: South Africa 23-12 Australia
29 Sep 18:51
80'- The Boks win possession at the gamne's last scrum and Pollard boots it out to end the game...
29 Sep 18:51
The official crowd attendance is 41 332.
29 Sep 18:50


SA 9

Australia 12

29 Sep 18:49
78'- A desperate Australia throwing everything at the Springbok defence now... but they just can't find a way through...
29 Sep 18:48


SA 13

Australia 9

29 Sep 18:47

76'- BOK SUB

RG Snyman replaces Eben Etzebeth at lock.

FYI: Both Australian locks are also off...

29 Sep 18:46
75'- Dyantyi's time in the sin-bin is up and crucially, the Boks did not concede any points during his absence...
29 Sep 18:45



116/135 - 86%


52/62 - 84%

29 Sep 18:44
73'- Another Australian handling error scuppers another attacking opportunity... the execution of both teams leaves much to be desired today...
29 Sep 18:43
73'- The Wallabies scrum has more than held their own against the Springboks today...
29 Sep 18:42
72'- Time is running out for Australia, who win a scrum penalty just outside their own 22m area...
29 Sep 18:40


Nick Phipps replaces Will Genia at scrumhalf.

29 Sep 18:40

70'- BOK SUB

Bongi Mbonambi replaces Malcolm Marx at hooker.

29 Sep 18:39
69'- Oh dear, a crucial error from Pollard, whose kick goes over the dead-ball line. That could prove vital...
29 Sep 18:38

67'- Kitshoff does well to win a turnover for the Boks, who opt to run from deep.

Kolbe sprints up to halfway before Folau tackles him high. The referee obliges by awarding a penalty to South Africa...

29 Sep 18:36
67'- A great break out wide from Hooper brings the Wallabies back into the South African 22m area...
29 Sep 18:35
66'- But the Wallabies can't cash in as they lose possession in a promising attacking opportunity...
29 Sep 18:35
65'- The Boks deserved that yellow card... they simply conceded too many penalties in the red zone...
29 Sep 18:34
64'- Yet another penalty for Australia and this time referee Jerome Garces digs in his pocket and gives Aphiwe Dyantyi a YELLOW CARD.
29 Sep 18:32
62'- Another penalty for Australia... their captain Michael Hooper asks for a yellow card and I have to say he has a point. The Boks have been leaking penalties inside their own 22m area in the last 10 minutes...
29 Sep 18:31


Brandon Paenga-Amosa on for Folau Fainga'a at hooker.

29 Sep 18:30

62'- BOK SUB

Wilco Louw replaces Frans Malherbe at tighthead prop.

29 Sep 18:30
61'- South Africa's kicking has not been up to scratch today!
29 Sep 18:29
61'- More pressure on the Boks as Pollard fails to find touch with his clearance.
29 Sep 18:28


SA 10

Australia 8

29 Sep 18:28
59'- Brilliant defence out wide from Dyantyi as he stops Hodge in the corner. A Wallabies knock-on then brings some relief for the Boks.
29 Sep 18:26
58'- Bernard Foley has replaced Jack Maddocks for the Wallabies. Foley will slot in at flyhalf...
29 Sep 18:25

57'- Folau catches a cross-kick from Beale but the Springbok defence holds firm... however the referee again penalises the home side, who now receive a warning for several penalties conceded near their own tryline...

29 Sep 18:23
55'- Another Wallabies penalty at the subsequent maul - this time the visitors opt for an attacking scrum...
29 Sep 18:22
54'- A penalty in range for the Wallabies as De Klerk is caught off-side. The visitors opt for an attacking lineout five metres out...
29 Sep 18:20
52'- A brilliant lineout steal by Etzebeth brings some relief for the Boks, who can clear from inside their own 22m area...
29 Sep 18:17
49'- Both Wallaby props have now been substituted...
29 Sep 18:17


SA 248m

Australia 204m

29 Sep 18:14

47'- Oh dear, a great chance goes begging for the Boks as Du Toit knocks on close to the tryline.

It was set up by a great break down the touchline from Dyantyi, who off-loaded to Kolisi, who also made a strong run... but unfortunately Du Toit couldn't hold on...

29 Sep 18:11

45'-  PENALTY slotted by Pollard.

SA 23-12 Australia

29 Sep 18:11

44'- BOK SUB

Marco van Staden on for Sikhumbuzo Notshe in the loose trio.

  • 80'

    FULL-TIME: SOUTH AFRICA 23-12 AUSTRALIA. The Wallabies are still winless in South Africa since 2011. After the scrum the hooter blasts and De Klerk hoofs it high into the stands to clinch the win.

  • 79'

    Dyantyi goes for the intercept but can't gather, He knocks it down and Pocock regathers before throwing a forward pass thinking there had been a knock from the Springbok wing. Scrum to the Boks.

  • 77'

    Esterhuizen knocks on in contact straight after the scrum, and Australia have the ball, in position to attack from halfway.

  • 76'

    The Springboks are patient for several phases but then put up a box kick that doesn''''t go far enough but Kolisi puts pressure on Phipps and he makes a mistake. Springbok scrum ten inside the Australia half. Dyantyi returns to the field, Australia were unable to score while Dyantyi was off the park.

  • 75'

    Australia set up an attack from the lineout but then lose it forward yet again. Springbok scrum ten inside their own half.

  • 74'

    Scrum-time penalty to Australia allows them to relieve the pressure, the kick finds touch on halfway.

  • 73'

    Australia break but then lose the ball forward on the Bok 22 again. The South Africans put the ball to boot and are up quickly to pin Australia in their 22. A clearing kick finds touch ten from halfway. Springbok lineout.

  • 73'

    A sloppy error by the Springboks grants Australia a scrum just outside their own 22.

  • 70'

    Pollard kicks too long and it goes dead, Australia have the scrum just inside the South African half.

  • 68'

    A high shot by Folau gives the Springboks a penalty just inside their own half. Play is stopped as Kolbe gets attention after being tackled around his neck.

  • 67'

    The Springboks kick but their chase isn't great and Australia come back at them. They bash into the 22 but lose it again.

  • 65'

    Massive steal! The Springboks win the lineout five from their line and the Springboks can counter.

  • 64'

    YELLOW CARD, SOUTH AFRICA, DYANTYI: Another offense by the Boks in the 22 and Dyantyi goes to the bin. Australia set up a lineout.

  • 63'

    A sloppy piece of play from De Klerk as he knocks on but then it is compounded when another player plays it and gifts Australia a penalty. They opt to scrum though anyway.

  • 62'

    Springboks get up into the Australia line but they knock on before the Wallabies cough it up as well. Australia scrum fifteen from the South Africa line.

  • 61'

    The Springbok clearance doesn't find touch and Australia can counter from forty metres out.

  • 60'

    The Springboks defense holds out and Australia lose it forward inches from the line. Springbok scrum five out under pressure.

  • 58'

    The strong goes up under pressure but the referee wants it reset.

  • 57'

    The Springboks are pinned for slowing it down now and Australia have another strike-zone penalty. The referee warns the Boks now. Australia set a scrum.

  • 56'

    The Springboks collapse the maul and Australia get a penalty five out. They opt for the scrum.

  • 54'

    The Referee misses an obviously forward pass and Australia enter the Springbok half. Australia then win a penalty which they pop out five from the Bok line.

  • 53'

    Brilliant steal from Etzebeth and De Klerk clears to halfway where Australia have another lineout.

  • 52'

    The referee penalizes the Springboks for tackling a man without the ball, its unclear which player committed the offense. Australia kick up to the Bok 22.

  • 50'

    Slow ball for the Springboks just inside the Australia half and in trying to get over the gainline a pass goes forward. Australia scrum five from halfway.

  • 49'

    The box kick from Genia finds touch on the ten metre line in the Australia half. Springbok lineout.

  • 47'

    It gets a bit scrappy but the Springboks eventaully get some momentum and set Dyantyi away in space but Marx''s offload doesn''t go to hand and Australia are awarded a scrum ten from their own line.

  • 45'

    PENALTY, SOUTH AFRICA, POLLARD. 23-12: A high and late shot from Pocock gifts the Springboks a penalty. Pocock jumping and brings his trailing arm down onto Dyantyi's neck. Pollard slots the penalty goal

  • 44'

    Dyantyi nearly keeps Kriels grubber in-field but instead it goes out on the Wallaby 22. Australia lineout.

  • 43'

    The Springboks can't find a way out of their half as Kolbe's kick finds touch but the Wallabies quickly throw in and carry back into the South African half. A forward pass ends the attack and the Springboks have a scrum ten from halfway.

  • 42'

    South Africa earn the steal but then throw the ball away and Australia are in possession approaching the Bok 22.

  • 41'

    Toomua puts up the restart and the Boks set and use the box kick but Australia bring it back at the South Africans.

  • 40'

    HALF-TIME: SOUTH AFRICA 20-12 AUSTRALIA: The kick came after the hooter and will be the last action of the first half. South Africa lead by eight at the halfway stage.

  • 40'

    PENALTY, SOUTH AFRICA, POLLARD. 20-12: The Springboks win the turnover with a furious counter-ruck from Kolisi. They can't use the advantage but they will come back for a penalty. Pollard lines up the shot at goal. He nails it! The Springboks lead by eight.

  • 39'

    Etzebeth is isolated in attack and Australia earn a relieving penalty, the kick finds touch fifteen from halfway.

  • 38'

    Australia give away a soft penalty and the Springboks set up a lineout on the Australia 22.

  • 38'

    Australia give away a soft penalty and the Springboks set up a lineout on the Australia 22.

  • 37'

    Hodge has a shot from distance and misses. The Springboks can drop out.

  • 36'

    Australia are caught behind the gainline before a hoist is lost forward by Pollard and played by de Klerk gifting Australia a penalty.

  • 34'

    PENALTY, SOUTH AFRICA, POLLARD. 17-12: Australia give up the penalty and Pollard accepts the three points on offer.

  • 33'

    The Springboks look dangerous in the Australian 22 and have an advantage.

  • 31'

    A poor exit from Australia leaves them under pressure. A pass goes into touch fifteen from the Australian line. Springbok lineout.

  • 30'

    CONVERSION, AUSTRALIA, TOOMUA. 14-12: Toomua closes the gap with a great kick from out wide.

  • 29'

    TRY, AUSTRALIA, GENIA! 14-10: Another bad kick allows Australia to counter quickly and Genia is afforded an easy run in to the corner.

  • 28'

    The kick is missed and Australia still trail by nine.

  • 26'

    TRY, AUSTRALIA, HODGE! 14-5: Hodge scores after sustained pressure by Australia.

  • 25'

    The Springboks work it out before clearing with a poor box kick that leaves them under pressure. Penalty to Australia.

  • 22'

    CONVERSION, SOUTH AFRICA, POLLARD. 14-0: Pollard adds another two.

  • 21'

    TRY, SOUTH AFRICA, DE KLERK! 12-0: Pollard takes the ball flat and breaks the line before offloading to De Klerk whose angle was too much for the Australian defense.

  • 20'

    A beauty of a cross kick allows Kolbe to gather and cross the halfway line. Another kick rolls into touch on the Australia 22. Australia will feed the lineout.

  • 18'

    Le Roux falls awkwardly trying to gather a high ball but Australia knock on. Scrum to South Africa fifteen inside their own half.

  • 17'

    A lovely worked move from the Springboks has Kolisi in open space but he is hauled in on the Aussie 22 and loses it forward in the contact. Australia have the scrum.

  • 15'

    Pocock is over the ball again and again Australia win the penalty on defense. The penalty kick finds touch ten outside the Bok 22.

  • 14'

    The Wallabies lose it forward after a cute set move and gift the Springboks possession ten inside their half.

  • 13'

    Esterhuizen runs back into traffic and is caught in possession on the deck. Australia clear up to just outside their own 22.

  • 12'

    The Springboks can't complete a great chance for Dyantyi in the corner but they had advantage and will set up a lineout five out. Another Bok maul coming.

  • 11'

    The Sprinboks win a penalty as De Klerk is played in the air and they set up a lineout on the Wallaby 22.

  • 10'

    Folau gets a touch to the ball as a pass goes wide from the Springboks but the officials miss it and award the lineout to Australia. The Boks win the lineout though and can attack again.

  • 9'

    A knock-on under the high ball gives the Springboks a scrum ten inside the Wallabies half.

  • 8'

    A crucial lineout steal from Coleman and they clear up towards halfway through Toomua.

  • 7'

    The Springboks maul it up and win a penalty, they reject the shot at goal and set up a lineout five out.

  • 6'

    Australia are met with firm defense as they carry it back from the drop out. The Springboks win a penalty on halfway and Pollard finds touch in the Australia 22.

  • 5'

    Toomua's kick doesn't come back enough and misses, the Springboks will restart.

  • 3'

    Australia are in possession on halfway and have the advantage but they can't break through and the referee awards them the penalty.

  • 2'

    CONVERSION, SOUTH AFRICA, POLLARD: 7-0: Pollard slots the kick to stretch the early advantage.

  • 1'

    Pollard kicks off deep for the Springboks, who put Australia under pressure early.

  • 1'

    TRY, SOUTH AFRICA, DYANTYI! 5-0: INTERCEPT! A loose pass from Beale under pressure gives Dyantyi the simplest of scores, what a start.

  • 0'

    Welcome to our coverage of the Rugby Championship match between the Springboks and the Wallabies from Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium in Port Elizabeth.

  • 0'

    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

  • 0'

    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 Folau Faingaa, 1 Scott Sio Replacements: 16 Brandon Paenga-Amosa, 17 Sekope Kepu, 18 Allan Alaalatoa, 19 Rory Arnold, 20 Rob Simmons, 21 Nick Phipps, 22 Bernard Foley, 23 Jack Maddocks

  • 0'

    The Springboks get a rousing welcome onto the park in Port Elizabeth joining the Australians who have gathered for the anthems.

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South Africa Australia
  • 2 Tries 2
    • 0' Aphiwe Dyantyi
    • 20' Faf de Klerk
    • 25' Reece Hodge
    • 28' Will Genia
  • 2 Conversions 1
    • 1' Handre Pollard
    • 21' Handre Pollard
    • 29' Matt Toomua
  • 3 Penalties 0
    • 33' Handre Pollard
    • 40' Handre Pollard
    • 45' Handre Pollard
  • 0 Drop Goals 0
  • 1 Yellow Cards 0
    • 64' Aphiwe Dyantyi
  • 0 Red Cards 0
Team Line-ups
  • Tendai Mtawarira
  • Malcolm Marx
  • Frans Malherbe
  • Eben Etzebeth
  • Franco Mostert
  • Siya Kolisi
  • Pieter-Steph du Toit
  • Sikhumbuzo Notshe
  • Faf de Klerk
  • Handre Pollard
  • Aphiwe Dyantyi
  • Andre Esterhuizen
  • Jesse Kriel
  • Cheslin Kolbe
  • Willie Le Roux
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  • 5
  • 6
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  • 9
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  • Scott Sio
  • Folau Fainga'a
  • Taniela Tupou
  • Izack Rodda
  • Adam Coleman
  • Ned Hanigan
  • Michael Hooper
  • David Pocock
  • Will Genia
  • Kurtley Beale
  • Marika Koroibete
  • Matt Toomua
  • Reece Hodge
  • Israel Folau
  • Dane Haylett-Petty
  • Mbongeni Mbonami
  • Steven Kitshoff
  • Wilco Louw
  • RG Snyman
  • Marco van Staden
  • Embrose Papier
  • Elton Jantjies
  • Damian Willemse
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  • Brandon Paenga-Amosa
  • Sekope Kepu
  • Allan Alaalatoa
  • Rory Arnold
  • Rob Simmons
  • Nick Phipps
  • Bernard Foley
  • Jack Maddocks

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