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RECAP | 4-try Wallabies put error-prone Springboks to the sword

Len Ikitau scores against South Africa. (Photo by Albert Perez/Getty Images)
Len Ikitau scores against South Africa. (Photo by Albert Perez/Getty Images)
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18 September 11:24

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The Springboks are still second on the Rugby Championship standings but now only lead third-placed Australia by a point.

A tough two Tests against the All Blacks now await the Boks, whose title challenge looks dead in the water.

Also stay tuned to Sport24 for Saturday's other game between New Zealand and Argentina starting at 12:05 (SA time).

18 September 11:16

MATCH REPORT: Woeful Springboks dish up Brisbane shocker

18 September 11:04

FULL-TIME: Australia 30-17 South Africa

A bonus-point win for the Wallabies against a hapless Springbok outfit.  

The hosts, who led 15-12 at half-time, scored four tries against a leaky Springbok defence.  Centre Len Ikitau and winger Marika Koroibete bagged a brace each.  

The Boks missed a whopping 20 tackles and beat only five Australian defenders. The visitors could also only cross the whitewash once though centre Lukhanyo Am.


Australia 30 (15)

Tries: Len Ikitau (2), Marika Koroibete (2)

Conversions: Quade Cooper (2)

Penalties: Cooper (2)  

SA 17 (12)

Try: Lukhanyo Am

Penalties: Handre Pollard (4)

18 September 11:04

80' - No they can't as Marx overthrows the lineout... the hosts then win a penalty which allows them to end the game.

18 September 11:03

80' - One final opportunity for the Boks who have a five metre lineout.

Can they cancel Australia's bonus point and earn one themselves?

18 September 11:01

78'- YELLOW CARD to Wiese to add insult to injury for the Boks.

18 September 11:00

78'- Potential trouble for Jasper Wiese as replays show him barging into the ruck with his head and shoulders...

18 September 10:58

78'- Brilliant work on the ground by Samu Kerevi sees him win a penalty for the hosts...

18 September 10:57

77'- The Boks have possession near the Australian tryline, but time is running out...

18 September 10:55

76'- Oh dear, a skew lineout throw from Marx just about sums up South Africa's night...

18 September 10:54

75'- A scrum penalty for the Boks allows them to set up a lineout five metres out.

This is last chance saloon for the visitors...

18 September 10:51

73'- Wind out of the Bok sails now as Wallabies skipper Hooper wins a crucial penalty on the ground.

18 September 10:48

71'- But the Boks have possession after the Wallabies can't control the ensuing lineout...

18 September 10:47

70'- Brilliant maul defence from Australia as they force the Boks into touch near the tryline.

This area - from which the Boks scored three tries last week - hasn't worked today...

18 September 10:46

69'- Jasper Wiese and Marco van Staden are now on for the Boks. Kolisi and Vermeulen are off.

18 September 10:45

68'- Cooper misses the conversion from out wide.

Aus 30-17 SA

18 September 10:43

67' - TRY to the Wallabies as Marika Koroibete goes over for his second try.

Holes everywhere in the Springbok defence now...

18 September 10:40

64'- Bok sub: Herschel Jantjies on for De Klerk.

18 September 10:39

63'- CONVERSION slotted by Cooper.

Aus 25-17 SA

18 September 10:38

61'- TRY to the Wallabies as centre Marika Koroibete goes over for a stunning try. It was set up by a sniping break on the blindside from prop Taniela Tupou.

18 September 10:34


Aus 11

SA 6

18 September 10:33

57' - Some basic errors creeping in now from both teams...

18 September 10:33

57'- Some relief for the Boks as scrumhalf Nic White knocks it on...

18 September 10:33

56'- The Wallabies with a key attacking chance inside the South African 22m area... discipline will be vital now for the Boks...

18 September 10:26

50'- Cooper kicks the PENALTY to put the home side back in front.

Aus 18-17 SA

18 September 10:26

50'- Cooper kicks the PENALTY to put the home side back in front.

Aus 18-17 SA

18 September 10:24

49'- A kickable penalty in front for the Wallabies as Pollard is pinged for being offside.

18 September 10:22

With Orie off, Mostert will move to lock and Smith playing flank.

18 September 10:21

46'- Bok sub: Smith is also on for Orie.

18 September 10:20

46'- Bok subs: An all new front row on.

Kitshoff, Marx and Koch replacing Nyakane, Mbonambi and Malherbe.

18 September 10:15

42'- Pollard misses the tough conversion attempt.

Aus 15-17 SA

18 September 10:14

41'- TRY to the Springboks as Lukhanyo Am scores in the corner after following up on a kick in behind the Wallabies defence by Faf de Klerk!

18 September 10:13

Duane Vermeulen is back on for South Africa, having passed his HIA test...

18 September 10:12

Welcome back for the second half! Pollard restarts proceedings...

18 September 10:00

The Boks can feel a tad lucky to be only three points down at the break. They've slipped 12 tackles and their discipline in their own 22m area has been less than impressive.

18 September 09:57

HALF-TIME: Australia 15-12 South Africa

18 September 09:56

40'- SA with a strong attack near the 22m area but a strong Wallabies counter-ruck sees them win a turnover to end the half.

18 September 09:56

40'- SA with a strong attack near the 22m area but a strong Wallabies counter-ruck sees them win a turnover to end the half.

18 September 09:52

37'- Jasper Wiese is on for Duane Vermeulen, who has undergone a head injury assessment (HIA).

18 September 09:51

37'- Pollard chips over the PENALTY.

Aus 15-12 SA

18 September 09:50

36'- An easy kickable penalty for Pollard after Australian captain Hooper is caught offside.
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The anthems have been sung and we're almost ready to go!
The two teams are heading out onto the field for the national anthems.
Australia: 15 Tom Banks, 14 Andrew Kellaway, 13 Len Ikitau, 12 Samu Kerevi, 11 Marika Koroibete, 10 Quade Cooper, 9 Nic White, 8 Rob Valetini, 7 Michael Hooper (c), 6 Lachlan Swinton, 5 Matt Philip, 4 Izack Rodda, 3 Taniela Tupou, 2 Folau Fainga’a, 1 James Slipper Replacements: 16 Feleti Kaitu’u, 17 Angus Bell, 18 Tom Robertson, 19 Darcy Swain, 20 Pete Samu, 21 Tate McDermott, 22 Reece Hodge, 23 Jordan Petaia
Wallabies head coach Dave Rennie has also made two changes to his starting XV, with Nic White replacing Tate McDermott at scrumhalf and the dangerous Taniela Tupou coming in for Allan Alaalatoa in the front row.
Meanwhile, the Wallabies will be hoping Quade Cooper's fairy tale comeback continues today. The mercurial flyhalf kicked eight from eight last weekend and constantly kept the South African defence on its toes. It's also a big day for captain Michael Hooper, who will become the Wallabies' most capped skipper when he leads the side out for the 60th time, breaking the record of legendary scrumhalf George Gregan.
South Africa: 15 Willie le Roux, 14 Sbu Nkosi, 13 Lukhanyo Am, 12 Damian de Allende, 11 Makazole Mapimpi, 10 Handré Pollard, 9 Faf de Klerk, 8 Duane Vermeulen, 7 Franco Mostert, 6 Siya Kolisi (c), 5 Marvin Orie, 4 Eben Etzebeth, 3 Frans Malherbe, 2 Bongi Mbonambi, 1 Trevor Nyakane Replacements: 16 Malcolm Marx, 17 Steven Kitshoff, 18 Vincent Koch, 19 Marco van Staden, 20 Kwagga Smith, 21 Jasper Wiese, 22 Herschel Jantjies, 23 Damian Willemse
The only two changes to the starting line-up sees Marvin Orie take over at lock from Lood de Jager, who suffered a concussion last weekend, while the livewire Trevor Nyakane returns at loosehead prop in place of Steven Kitshoff. Nienaber has once again opted for a six-two split of forwards and backs on the bench.
The Springboks came off second best in the first meeting between these two teams last weekend, going down 28-26 thanks to a last-gasp Quade Cooper penalty. The Boks admitted they weren't good enough in a number of key areas, but head coach Jacques Nienaber has chosen not to panic by mostly sticking to the same team that did battle last time around.
Good morning and welcome to our live coverage of the Rugby Championship clash between Australia and South Africa at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane.
Quade Cooper get the 90th Test match between these two countries under way!
Matt Philip concedes an early penalty for obstructing the South African runners following an up-and-under.
Now it's a penalty against Faf de Klerk for straying offside at the ruck. Tom Banks will kick to relieve some early Bok pressure.
That was nearly a try for the Wallabies! Samu Kerevi breaks the line and the Aussies string a few passes together and nearly find the try line before a knock-on sees the Boks escape.
After several resets, Wallabies prop James Slipper is penalised for dropping his bind and the Boks can escape their own 22.
It's another penalty against the Wallabies after a solid line-out drive from the Boks takes them up the field. Pollard kicks for touch inside the Wallabies' 22.
The Wallabies are penalised for going early in the line-out and Pollard will kick for the corner again. Interesting decision here not to go for the three points.
Etzebeth is penalised for crawling on the ground just metres from the Australian try line. Silly penalty and the Wallabies escape.
It's a ridiculous penalty from Faf de Klerk as he slaps the ball out of Nic White's hands inside the Boks' 22 and that's a yellow card! The Wallabies were already playing under the advantage. Terrible from the Boks.
TRY! AUSTRALIA! IKITAU! 5-0. From the ensuing penalty and line-out, it's a simple backline move from the Wallabies that allows Len Ikitau to score! The Boks' defence was nowhere.
After a perfect game last weekend, Cooper misses his first kick at goal.
After another attempted line-out drive from the Boks, Matt Philip is penalised again. That's the third penalty the lock forward has given away. Pollard will go for the points here.
PENALTY! SOUTH AFRICA! POLLARD! 5-3. And he finds the target! That will help Pollard after his poor kicking performance last weekend.
The Boks penalised straight from the restart after Nyakane turns over the ball and the Wallabies kick for the corner.
TRY! AUSTRALIA! IKITAU! 10-3. The Wallabies are in again. The Aussies continue to have the Bok defence at sixes and sevens. Slick passing and strong running sees the centre in for his second try. The big man Taniela Tupou slipped a few tackles in the build-up.
CONVERSION! AUSTRALIA! COOPER! 12-3. Cooper converts a tough kick from out wide.
Faf de Klerk back on the field but that has cost the Boks 12 points.
Pollard's kick for touch goes off a Wallabies hand and the Boks have the line-out.
After a powerful Bok scrum, the Wallabies are penalised and Pollard will kick to reduce the deficit.
PENALTY! SOUTH AFRICA! POLLARD! 12-6. Pollard on target again.
The Boks attempt to string together a few passes but the pass from Le Roux to Mostert goes astray and they are penalised at the breakdown. Cooper will go for poles.
PENALTY! AUSTRALIA! COOPER! 15-6. Cooper converts.
The Wallabies are penalised for tackling a player in the air and Pollard will take another shot at goal.
PENALTY! SOUTH AFRICA! POLLARD! 15-9. It's 3 from 3 for Pollard as he brings it back to within six.
TMO having a look at a potential high tackle on Duane Vermeulen from Lachlan Swinton.
The referee initially wanted to hand out a red card but after a chat with the TMO it's brought down to a yellow. Swinton in the bin for 10 minutes for leading with the shoulder, but luckily he just about made contact with Vermeulen's shoulder before his head.
That was much better from the Boks who string together a few phases before De Klerk finds touch right by the Wallabies try line.
White makes the clearing kick but the Boks go back on the attack from the line-out and get the penalty for the Aussies straying offside. Pollard will kick for goal again.
PENALTY! SOUTH AFRICA! POLLARD! 15-12. Pollard's kick is over and it's a three-point ball game.
The Wallabies knock on a Bok up-and-under and the Boks have a scrum inside Wallabies territory.
Boks on the attack but a great counter-ruck from the Wallabies sees them turn over possession and kick for touch.
And that's half-time, with the Wallabies leading 15-12. Unfortunately for the Boks, many of the problems that plagued them last week - ill-discipline, poor execution and some dodgy defence chief among them - are back again this week. At least Pollard has come to the party this time to prevent the Wallabies from pulling away. Hopefully the men in green and gold can produce a better second 40.
Handre Pollard gets the second half under way!
TRY! SOUTH AFRICA! AM! 15-17. Great try from the Boks after Faf de Klerk takes a quick tap from a penalty advantage. They probe for the line before De Klerk sends through a grubber kick for Lukhanyo Am who falls down on the ball!
Pollard's conversion from out wide doesn't find the target.
The Wallabies infringe from the restart and Pollard kicks into Aussie territory.
Boks on the attack but it eventually comes to naught as they opt for the up-and-under which is taken by Reece Hodge inside the 22 before a mark is called.
Here come Malcolm Marx, Steven Kitshoff and Vincent Koch onto the field. An all-new Bok front row! Kwagga Smith also on for Marvin Orie, so Mostert shifts to lock.
Bit of a kicking contest between the two teams ends with Le Roux calling for the mark inside the Boks 22.
It's a penalty to the Wallabies after Pollard strays offside. They were on the attack after a clever little kick over the top handed them a line-out inside the Boks' 22. Quade Cooper receiving some attention.
PENALTY! AUSTRALIA! COOPER! 18-17. Cooper puts the Aussies in front again after getting up off the ground.
The Boks have an opportunity to attack after the Wallabies knock on a high ball but then get in their own way and turn over the ball.
Boks overeager in the scrum and they give away the free kick.
Poor mistake from De Klerk to hand over possession and then the Boks infringe at the breakdown. Execution continues to be lacking for the world champions. The Wallabies have an attacking line-out inside the Boks' 22 but knock the ball on.
There was an attacking opportunity for the Boks there but they run it to close to the touch line and turn over possession.
TRY! AUSTRALIA! KOIROBETE! 23-17. Great try from the Wallabies after they exploit an overlap on the blindside. A strong run and beautiful offload from Tupou allows Koroibete to score in the corner. Australia simply playing better rugby at the moment.
CONVERSION! AUSTRALIA! COOPER! 25-17. Cooper's conversion is good.
TRY! AUSTRALIA! KOROIBETE! 30-17. It's loose play and another turnover from the Boks and the Wallabies get another chance to attack. The ball is recycled quickly and Koroibete charges over again.
Cooper's conversion is wide.
A penalty to the Boks and Pollard kicks for the corner. Last chance saloon for the men in green and gold.
The Wallabies drive the Bok maul into touch and the ball is turned over.
It's another penalty against the Wallabies, who are pinned inside their own 22 at the moment. The Boks call for a scrum.
The Boks turn over the ball at the breakdown as they try to find a way over the try line. They've been second best in every area today. The Wallabies can escape their own 22.
Herschel Jantjies, on the field for De Klerk, knocks on behind the ruck as the Boks turn it over again.
The Boks have an attacking line-out but Marx throws it in skew and the Wallabies escape again.
The Boks are ending this game on attack but the Wallabies defence is holding firm.
It's another turnover at the breakdown. Kerevi first to the ball there and the Boks give away possession for the umpteenth time today.
Jasper Wiese has gone flying into a ruck head first and the TMO is having a look here. It's a yellow card for the loose forward.
Final throw of the dice here for the Boks, who kick for the corner as the final hooter sounds.
Fittingly, the Boks can't secure possession from the line-out and that's that.
And that's the final whistle. It's consecutive wins over the Boks for Australia, who were full value for the win. The Springboks were unable to lift their game after their disappointing performance last weekend and must now try and regroup for back-to-back Tests against the All Blacks in the coming weeks. It will be a massive Test of this team's character.
South Africa
14' Ikitau Len
21' Ikitau Len
62' Koroibete Marika
68' Koroibete Marika
42' Am Lukhanyo
23' Cooper Quade
63' Cooper Quade
29' Cooper Quade
51' Cooper Quade
18' Pollard Handre
27' Pollard Handre
32' Pollard Handre
38' Pollard Handre
Drop Goals
Yellow Cards
Red Cards
Slipper James
Fainga'a Folau
Tupou Taniela
Rodda Izack
Philip Matt
Swinton Lachlan
Hooper Michael
Valetini Robert
White Nic
Cooper Quade
Koroibete Marika
Kerevi Samu
Ikitau Len
Kellaway Andrew
Banks Tom
Nyakane Trevor
Mbonambi Bongi
Malherbe Frans
Etzebeth Eben
Orie Marvin
Kolisi Siya
Mostert Franco
Vermeulen Duane
de Klerk Faf
Pollard Handre
Mapimpi Makazole
de Allende Damian
Am Lukhanyo
Nkosi Sibusiso
Le Roux Willie
Kaitu'u Feleti
Bell Angus
Robertson Tom
Swain Darcy
Samu Peter
McDermott Tate
Hodge Reece
Petaia Jordan
Marx Malcolm
Kitshoff Steven
Koch Vincent
van Staden Marco
Smith Kwagga
Wiese Jasper
Jantjies Herschel
Willemse Damian