Join us from 1:00am AEST for live coverage and wanging on as the Wallabies play for a hat-trick of victories over the Springboks.
Ground: King’s Park, Durban
Referee: Bryce Lawrence
Assistant Referees: George Clancy, Carlo Damasco
Television Match Official: Shaun Veldsman
Head to Head
|1||Tendai Mtawarira||Sekope Kepu|
|2||John Smit [c]||Stephen Moore|
|3||Jannie du Plessis||Ben Alexander|
|4||Bakkies Botha||Nathan Sharpe|
|5||Victor Matfield||James Horwill|
|6||Heinrich Brussow||Rocky Elsom [c]|
|7||Danie Rossouw||David Pocock|
|8||Pierre Spies||Scott Higginbotham|
|9||Fourie du Preez||Will Genia|
|10||Butch James||Quade Cooper|
|11||Bryan Habana||Digby Ioane|
|12||Jean de Villiers||Pat McCabe|
|13||Jaque Fourie||Adam Ashley-Cooper|
|14||JP Pietersen||James OConnor|
|15||Frans Steyn||Kurtley Beale|
|16||Bismarck du Plessis||Saia Faingaa|
|17||Gurthro Steenkamp||Salesi Maafu|
|18||Gerhard Mostert||Sitaleki Timani|
|19||Jean Deysel||Ben McCalman|
|20||Francois Hougaard||Radike Samo|
|21||Morne Steyn||Luke Burgess|
|22||Gio Aplon||Anthony Faingaa|
Our quick match report will be updated below as it happens, please refresh to see the latest news.
The ground is packed and the crowd look excited. Bryce Lawrence blows the whistle to start the game after a terrible effort on the Anthems from the South Africans
First 5 minutes
Australia controls the ball for much of the first 5, but much of the good work is spoilt by silly penalties and loose passes. Springboks 5-0
5 to 10 minutes
This 5 is scrappier from both teams. no score the Australians are still trying to play wide the Springboks are settling into a kick and chase game.
10 to 15 minutes
The South Africans turn down an easy 3 for a line-out. They go to the backs and knock on 2 phases later the scrum collapses and they kick for goal. Strange decision. Springbboks 6-0
15 to 20 minutes
Silly penalties from the Wallabies are costing them points. All the Springboks need to do is get into the Australian half to score. Not rolling away at the ruck penalty South Africa. Butch James misses the kick.
20 to 25 minutes
The Australias continue to waste opportunities. Passes are being pushed too often. Jaque Fourie nearly scores after a good Fourie du Preez kick. Only a knock on saves the Wallabies.
25 to 30 minutes
A Butch James drop goal just sails wide of the post. Great bit of play from the Wallabies. Nice short passing and a good kick finds them deep in Springbok territory.
30 to 35 minutes
Horwill gets caught without support and the Wallabies miss another chance to score. The wallabies are not holding onto possession and not building pressure. The South Africans are living off the scraps.
35 to 40 minutes
The Wallabies have their first chance to score in the 37 minutes. The Sprinboks have controlled the game beautifully. The ball travels from end to end. First the Springboks move the ball from deep in their half with some great interplay between the backs and forwards. Horwill steals the ball 5 metres out and the Wallabies counter attack. They travel 90 metres after finally holding onto the ball and applying some pressure. Two metres out and Bryce Lawrence inexplicably pulls a ruck up and calls a scrum. And that’s half time.
40 to 45 minutes
De Villiers knocks on after the first ruck of the second half. The Wallabies win a penalty from the third scrum reset. O’Connor slots it springbok 6-3
45 to 50 minutes
The Australians score! After three frustratingly slow rucks in the Springbok 22 a simple slip from Brousow opens up the field for McCabe to score. O’Connor lines up the kick from the side line but pushes it right. Australia 8-6
50 to 55 minutes
Lawrence inexplicably fails to give Australia a ruck penalty for playing the ball on the ground. Then seconds later penalises Australia at the very next ruck.
55 to 60 minutes
The Springboks win a ruck penalty right in front. Butch James slots it. Springboks 9-8. Bryce Lawrence having a shocker misses 2 clear knock ons.
60 to 65 minutes
Samo on! Anthony Faingaa on! Both players in the action straight away. 20 minutes to go and this game is balanced on the knifes edge. Anthony Faingaa puts his hand up for a bigger role with the Wallabies with a brilliant tackle on pieterson and winning the Wallabies a shot at goal. O’Connor slots it and the Aussies are back in front 11-9
65 to 70 minutes
Only one team is getting penalised at the ruck tonight. Gio Aplon having trouble with the wet ball. Australia have a scum just in the Springbok half.
70 to 75 minutes
Australia win a scrum turnover from another poor decision after both front rows stand up Lawrence awards the feed for going through the 90. The Australians push the Boks back 10 metres in the next scrum before they collapse and give Australia a penalty in front of the posts. Australia 14-9
75 to 80 minutes
Both teams can still win this. The ball is in the middle of the field with the Springboks in possession. The Springboks have a lineout 30 metres out. Kepu comes in from the side and they win a penalty. The set up the lineout 7 metres out. The boks smash the ball up trying to get over the australian line until Rousow knocks on. Pocock kicks the ball out for an Australian win.
Tries: Pat McCabe
Conversions: James O’Connor 0/1
Penalties: James O’Connor 3/4
Penalties: Frans Steyn 1/1, Butch James 2/3
Drop Goals: Butch James 0/1, Frans Steyn 0/1