Saturday, July 24, 2010
The Wallabies made South Africa pay for their indiscipline as they took the points on offer, disposing of the visitors 30-13 in their Tri Nations match in Brisbane. They scored two tries a piece, but ultimately a lack of discipline cost the Springboks, while the Wallabies looked more industrious with ball in hand.
The Springboks were their own enemy once again as they managed to have a player yellow carded within the opening minutes for the third match running. Jaque Fourie was yellow carded for a lifting tackle within two minutes, while Quade Cooper saw yellow for a similar offence later in the match.
The Wallabies kept ball in hand brilliantly and worked up the phases while the Springboks, despite at times looking sharper with Ruan Pienaar at number nine, failed to create opportunities and were punished by the boot of Matt Giteau.
Drew Mitchell juggled the ball well to score a try before the half time break, while Will Genia sniped over from the base of the ruck late in the game.
A second yellow card for the Springboks, this time to BJ Botha, had captain John Smit incensed as it appeared to be the first offence of that kind, with no previous warnings.
Fourie crossed for a determined try in the second half, as did Gurthro Steenkamp from a powerful maul, but the Wallabies played the better rugby on the night and were deserving winners as they got their Tri Nations campaign off to a great start.
The Springboks return home now with nothing but dented pride, while the All Blacks lead the table with 10 points and will face the Wallabies in Melbourne next weekend.
Note: Better highlights will be posted soon