Australia beat South Africa in Rugby Championship

Australia beat South Africa in Rugby Championship

The home team took a 10-3 lead into the break, soaking up huge pressure, before piling on 15 points in the second half to once more deny the Springboks, who have not tasted victory in Australia since 2013, now spanning eight Tests.

They have another chance next week in Sydney.

Two tries from Fraser McReight and one by the outstanding Marika Koroibete helped seal victory for Australia who bounced back from a shock 48-17 thumping by Argentina in San Juan this month.

"We started the game well and that put us in a good position. There were parts of that game where we had to show a lot of character, and we did that," said Australia captain James Slipper.

"This is Test match rugby and it's built on big moments and it's usually the team that wins that goes well in those big moments. We had quite a few."

Victory gave coach Dave Rennie breathing space after a stuttering year, overseeing three wins and three defeats in their build-up to next year's World Cup.

"It just didn't go our way. We camped on their try line for much of the first half but we couldn't take the opportunities," said Springboks skipper Siya Kolisi.

"But they played really well today from the get-go, and the game is about small margins -- every opportunity they got they took it."

- Try-saving tackle -

The Wallabies started slowly in every Test this season, finding themselves chasing the game. They spoke before the match about coming out with guns blazing and lived up to expectations, with a try in the opening minute.

They won the ball from their own kickoff and, on the front foot, strung together several phases before flanker McReight barged over and Lolesio slotted an easy conversion.

The lead stretched to 10-0 minutes later after they won a breakdown penalty and Lolesio split the posts again.

The last time South Africa won against the Wallabies in Australia was a 38-12 victory in Brisbane nine years ago.

Among the run of defeats were two brutal ones last year on the Gold Coast (28-26) and Brisbane (30-17) and they quickly steadied the ship.

In front of more than 33,000 fans at a ground more used to hosting cricket, Kolisi's side began exerting pressure, earning a penalty only for Handre Pollard to badly miss.

McReight made a try-saving tackle for the Wallabies in the 17th minute and Pollard fluffed another penalty before he finally found his radar for their first points of the day.

The game was being played almost entirely in Australia's half, with the Wallabies' defence clinging on despite Tom Wright being yellow-carded and Koroibete made an incredible try-saving tackle on Makazole Mapimpi three minutes before the break.

Mapimpi was free in the left corner but as he dived to cross the line Koroibete flew at full tilt to smash the ball out of the winger's hands.

South Africa started the second stanza with 14 men after Faf de Klerk was controversially sin-binned a minute before the break for clipping fellow scrum-half Nic White on the face.

The Wallabies made the most of it with Koroibete finishing a smooth move that started with a break by Wright down the right to put them 15-3 in front.

They were flying and perfectly executed a training ground set-piece 10 minutes later.

Slipper timed a pass inside to Lolesio and he burst through into open space, offloading to the chasing McReight who dived over to secure another five points.

Kwagga Smith bagged two tries for the Springboks against the tiring Wallabies in the final five minutes, but it was not enough.

Result of the 2022 Rugby Championship third-round match between Australia and South Africa at Adelaide Oval on Saturday:

Australia 25 South Africa 17

Half-time: 10-3


Australia: Tries - Fraser McReight (2), Marika Koroibete; conversions - Noah Lolesio (2); penalties - Noah Lolesio (2)

South Africa: Tries - Kwagga Smith (2); conversions - Elton Jantjies (2); penalty - Handre Pollard

Teams (15-1)


Reece Hodge; Tom Wright, Len Ikitau, Hunter Paisami, Marika Koroibete; Noah Lolesio, Nic White; Rob Valetini, Fraser McReight; Jed Holloway, Matt Philip, Rory Arnold; Allan Alaalatoa, Folau Fainga'a, James Slipper (capt)

Replacements: David Porecki, Scott Sio, Taniela Tupou, Darcy Swain, Rob Leota, Pete Samu, Tate McDermott, Andrew Kellaway

Coach: Dave Rennie (NZL)

South Africa

Damian Willemse; Warrick Gelant, Lukhanyo Am, Damian de Allende, Makazole Mapimpi; Handre Pollard, Faf de Klerk; Duane Vermeulen, Pieter-Steph du Toit, Siya Kolisi (capt); Lood de Jager, Eben Etzebeth; Frans Malherbe, Joseph Dweba, Ox Nche

Replacements: Malcolm Marx, Steven Kitshoff, Vincent Koch, Franco Mostert, Kwagga Smith, Jaden Hendrikse, Elton Jantjies, Frans Steyn

Coach: Jacques Nienaber (RSA)

Yellow cards

South Africa: Faf de Klerk (39 minutes)

Australia: Tom Wright (29 minutes)

Referee: Paul Williams (NZL)

Attendance: 33,336

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