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Sunday, September 09, 2012

Wallabies bounce back with strong second half vs the Springboks

The Wallabies got their Rugby Championship campaign back on track with a 26-19 win over the Springboks in Perth on Saturday. Twenty points in the second half marked a much improved performance, easing the pressure on coach Robbie Deans.

South Africa led 13-6 at the break and looked to be playing the better rugby. Berrick Barnes kept chipping away at the scoreline with the boot though, and ended with six-from-six kicks at goal, adding to the second half tries by Scott Higginbotham and Ben Alexander.

Bryan Habana scored for the Boks in the first half, but the Wallabies got their tails up in the second and with Alexander's 68th minute converted try, the game seemed out of reach for the visitors.

"I don't think that we can suddenly expect to be the greatest team in the world and just click and play fantastic rugby. We need to learn from the experiences, we need to grow as a team and that takes some time," said Jean de Villiers.

"We want to be winning every single game that we play and those pressures from the media, from the fans, we feel them at times. But we believe that we are on the right track.. that we played much better rugby today and hopefully we can keep on improving when we play next week as well.

"It is a young team but it is Test match rugby and you don't have a lot of time to grow at this level. We need to quickly rectify those mistakes and hopefully get a better result next week," he said.

Both sides have injury concerns, with Wallaby halfback Will Genia out for up to six months after rupturing the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee. "I took the high ball, it twisted and I heard a few cracks," Genia said.

Springbok prop Jannie du Plessis has a hamstring concern, and Habana has a problem with his ankle. Both are in doubt for their upcoming match against New Zealand. 

Posted at 6:52 pm | 6 comments

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Jeri September 10, 2012 8:07 am

Genia ruled out for 6 months.

Sh@t that's bad. Get well Will from NZ

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Eggman September 10, 2012 11:30 am

Terrible first half, good second half from the Wallabies. Can't help but think that if the Springboks were in a better place (their ususal place) they'd have thrashed the Wallabies.

What was up with the kicking? So many terrible kicks, especially in the first half. At first I was sure that it must be a tactic that the coaches instructed the players to use, but they seemed angry with them as well at half time. If Barnes doesn't stop kicking away posession he should be dropped. Getting into a kicking contest with the boks is among the dumbest things you can do in rugby..

At least there were some positives in the second half, when they finally started running the ball and getitng over the advantage line. I was also very pleased with the forwards, who did a fantastic job against the springboks pack.

I was also impressed with Cooper's defense at 10. I didnt see him miss any tackles (could still be that he did though), and was generally happy that he can finally defend the 10 channel.

The injury toll is getting worrying though.. Now with Genia out for the rest of the season and Timani out for next week, they'll have to replace about 8 or 9 players that would usually be in the starting XV. If the Pumas play another game like they did against NZ the aussies will be in trouble.

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stroudos September 10, 2012 12:22 pm

Nice prop's try by Bryan Habana; nice winger's try by Ben Alexander!!

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moddeur September 10, 2012 7:25 pm

My thoughts exactly, I felt particularly inclined to congratulate Habana!

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dave September 10, 2012 7:26 pm

word up!
good way to put it

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