Saturday, August 08, 2009
South Africa continued their good run of form with another Tri Nations win, this time against the Wallabies in Cape Town. They strengthened their grip on the tournament with the 29-17 victory over the tourists.
The third win in a row for them in this years tournament, they've now won all their home matches, which is imperative if you aim to stand a chance of taking the title.
Morne Steyn once again stepped up as he kicked 24 points with seven penalties and a drop goal. The Wallabies took an early lead from an excellent second minute converted try to Adam Ashley-Cooper, but the home side then came back and took control through the boot of Steyn.
A Berrick Barnes left footed dropkick halted the Boks' progress momentarily, but then Steyn kicked a drop of his own, followed by Victor Matfield scoring from a neat kick ahead from captain John Smit.
Matt Giteau was sinbinned for a reckless challenge on Fourie Du Preez, followed by Richard Brown going off for a professional foul, shortly after that. The Springboks went into the break 23-10 up, with 15 men against 13.
Steyn kept slotting them after the break, but Giteau came back and scored a fantastic individual effort, giving the Wallabies hope as they looked to make a comback.
George Smith was carded too, for a cynical bit of play that clearly came from frustration, and Steyn slotted his final penalty two minutes from time, sealing the comfortable win for the Boks.
South Africa now lead the table with 12 points, followed by New Zealand on four, and Australia, having played a game less, on one.