Between mistakes, fights and plenty of tension, the Springboks beat Sydney and head back to the Rugby Championships
A strong response from South Africa, who physically dominate Australia and beat them 24-8 after a high-intensity match but characterized by many errors and nervousness. However, 5 points allow the Springboks to reach Australia and Argentina in second place, with the All Blacks ahead of everyone else by just one point.
History of Australia and South Africa
A furious battle in the middle of the field, as South Africa tries to assert itself from a materialistic point of view. In the first 10 minutes there was only one team on the field, Hendrix quickly hit a free kick and touched the goal soon, then the action continues, Itzibeth recycles well in the course of Damien de Allende flying between the crossbars. In addition to the injury, there is also an insult: Matt Philip was warned for disrespecting distance in Hendriksi’s fast serve.
In the first half of the hour there is only one team on the field, but the points do not reach. The match follows the scenario predetermined by the Springboks, who surrounded the Australia game and are in fact not in danger, but on the other hand are unable to take advantage of their 10 minutes of numerical superiority. On the other hand, Dave Rainey loses Paisami in the 26th minute due to a concussion, and he is immediately forced to play the Kellaway card, the only trocar on the 6 + 2 bench in addition to midfielder Jack Gordon.
Only in the 30th minute comes the first explosion from the Wallabies, who earn a free kick after Etzebeth’s high tackle on Valetini: Lolesio hits the crossbars and scores 7-3.
The match seemed to flow without a certain shake-up in the first half, but at 39 minutes on a classic South African mark up and under goal. Great kick from Hendrikse’s base, Koroibete falls asleep and Canan Moodie is the fastest of all. He flies to take the oval and takes it to goal, thus celebrating his debut with a Springboks jersey. The first half ends 12-3 for South Africa.
At the start of the second half, the third slap arrives from South Africa: Koroybet mistook the defensive rise, De Allende and Willems played very well the numerical superiority created and Franco Mostert raised to the flag, resisting the McCrite comeback. In 45 minutes South Africa is 17-3.
Dave Rainey is still forced to redesign the back section: Lolesio leaves and leaves room for Jack Gordon’s half-scrum, the last remaining back-end. Just Gordon alternates with Ikitau as first receiver, while White remains half scrum. The situation is further complicated when Topo is injured before entering the field, forcing the Alatawa to play the entire match on the front line.
Despite the problems, Australia takes pride in it and relies on its characters. South Africa is forced to make mistakes many times, even with summons, but in the Wallabies’ best moments, the erratic cleaning of Alaalatoa ruins everything and saves South Africa.
In the 71st minute comes the goal that ends the match. Mapimpi marks it, which withstands the pressure of three opponents, including the usual Koroibete, and marks the flag. But what attracts attention is what happens next. Right after the watch mark, the South African winger hit back against Koroybet himself, probably aware of what happened last week. A brawl ensued, in which Itzibeth and Alatoa both found themselves putting their hands in each other’s faces.
Ben O’Keefe picked the yellow card at Mapembe, while deciding not to interfere in the subsequent clashes. France Stein turns 3-24, and starts again – according to the regulation – with a free kick for Australia from the middle of the road, where Mbembe’s error follows the goal he scored.
However, Australia is trying to play its cards to try to at least remove the bounty from South Africa (or to win it in turn). Le Roux commits a voluntary attacker in an attempt to salvage the attempt, and the action continues as White spreads to Samu. However, the South African extreme was cautioned and left his team at 13. Hodge misses the turn and thus closes out chances for the defensive bonus, but the Wallabies still try to snatch at least the fifth point from South Africa. However, there is no time, because during the last action, Hodge himself loses the ball forward. It ends on 8-4.
Australia15 Rhys Hodge, 14 Tom Wright, 13 Lynn Iketao, 12 Hunter Bisame, 11 Marika Corupetti, 10 Noah Lolisio, 9 Nick White, 8 Rob Valletini, 7 Fraser McCrite, 6 Jade Holloway, 5 Matt Phillip, 4 Rory Arnold, 3 Alan Alatawa, 2 Volo Vaenga, 1 James Slipper (captain).
Eliminations: 16 David Borecki, 17 Scott Seo, 18 Taniela Topo, 19 Darcy Swain, 20 Rob Liotta, 21 Sammo Pete, 22 Jack Gordon, 23 Andrew Killaway
Mate: Samu 78′
Penalty kick: Lucicio 32′
South Africa15 Willie Le Roux, 14 Canan Moody, 13 Jesse Creel, 12 Damien de Allende, 11 Makazul Mapembe, 10 Damien Willemsey, 9 Jaden Hendrix, 8 Jasper Fizzi, 7 Franco Mostert, 6 Siamanda Colesi (Capitano), 5 Ludewick de Jaeger. 4 Abyan Itzibeth 3 France Malherbe 2 Malcolm Marx 1 Stephen Kitchoff.
16 Deon Faurie, 17 Rechigovadetsoi Nshi, 18 Trevor Nyakan, 19 Albertus Smith, 20 Duane Vermeulen, 21 Jacobus Renach, 22 Francois Stein, 23 and Eric Gillant.
Targets: De Allende 9′, Moodie 39, Mostert 44, Mapimpi 71′
Transitions: Willemse 10′
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