Australia hold on to beat Springboks and snap losing streak

Elias Hubbard
September 9, 2018

After two tries apiece in the first half, the only points in the second came through a pair of Matt Toomua penalties which settled the match in the home team's favour at a slippery Suncorp Stadium.

They were made to work hard for it in greasy conditions at Lang Park, however, and needed a huge defensive effort to prevent the Springboks from scoring what could have been a match-winning try in the final few minutes.

Replacements: Faingaa, Robertson, Tupou, Simmons Hanigan, Powell, Foley, Banks.

Replacements: Marx, Mtawarira, Louw, Snyman, Louw, Papier, Pollard, Kolbe.

Cheika said the Wallabies had coped well without Pocock and Folau. Israel is the type of guy who needs to be at full fitness to play and we know that it's not worth it otherwise.

Hooker Bongi Mbonambi and winger Makazole Mapimpi had helped to give South Africa an 18-17 lead at the break but they were held scoreless in the second half to slump to a second successive defeat after a loss to Argentina last time out.

'We made it tough for ourselves by not taking our opportunities again, ' said skipper Siya Kolisi.

The home reacted quickly but they were denied a brilliant tackle from Jesse Kriel on Koroibite but their good work was undone by a awful mistake by Mbomanbi from the resultant lineout that fell on the path of Toomua who had the easiest tasks of sliding over.

Hooper touched down from the back of the breakdown after two minutes but South Africa took control thereafter.

Wallaby inside centre Matt Toomua pounced on the loose ball to score under the posts.

The Springbok reacted quickly and Elton Jantjies found the middle of the poles for three points after Allan Alaalatoa conceded a scrum penalty shortly after the Wallabies had taken the lead.

With the half-time hooter having sounded, Wallabies centre Reece Hodge unleashed one of his penalty bombs from inside his own half to make it a one-point game at the break.

The Australians piled on the pressure for the opening 15 minutes of the second half as the South Africans' error rate began to climb.

He had been included in the starting side announced earlier in the week, but the Wallabies announced Saturday morning that he had been ruled out of the Test against the Springboks "after failing to overcome an ankle injury".

The only thing that the Wallabies got for putting pressure on South Africa was a penalty that was converted by Toomua from close range to take a two points lead after 55 minutes and he was on point against later with another three pointer to seal this important victory for them.

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