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  • Alexander, Higginbotham,
    Penalty goals: Barnes (4),
    Conversions: Barnes (2),
26 - 19

South Africa

  • Habana,
    Penalty goals: Steyn (2), Steyn (2),
    Conversions: Steyn,

Australia v South Africa - Live

Last updated: 8th September 2012  

Full Timefull-time Australia 26 South Africa 19

80 From a line-out deep inside the Wallabies' 22, the ball comes out to Cooper who hoofs it into touch as the hooter sounds to signal the end of the match. it's been a great comeback from the hosts who thoroughly deserves this win. The Boks were in it until the death but they faded away remarkably as the second half wore on.

78 The Springboks go on the drive from a line-out just inside Australia's half but the visitors are pinned again for an illegal collapse.

76 Cooper does well with a clearance kick from deep inside his half which goes out close to the halfway mark! Talk about relieving pressure!

74 The Boks have brought on Johan Goosen and Pat Lambie for Morne Steyn and Zane Kirchner and immediately there's a difference in the stlye of their play. Lots of running and they are soon on the attack inside the Wallabies' 22.

Conversion71 CONVERSION, AUSTRALIA, BARNES! 26-19. Barnes slots a brilliant conversion from up against the touchline!

TRY70 TRY, AUSTRALIA, ALEXANDER! 24-19. Ben Alexander scores in the left-hand corner receiving a pass from Cooper inside the Springboks' 22!

Penalty68 PENALTY, SOUTH AFRICA, M STEYN! 19-19. Morne Steyn brings the scores level again after the Wallabies are pinned for an infringement at a maul.

66 Australia attack ijust outside South Africa's 22 but Nathan Sharpe is penalised when he holds onto the ball on the ground.

Penalty63 PENALTY, AUSTRALIA, BARNES! 19-16. Barnes puts his team back in front after Juandre Kruger is blown up for an infringement at a ruck in front of his own posts.

Penalty60 PENALTY, SOUTH AFRICA, F STEYN! 16-16. Frans Steyn draws histeam level with a well-judged kick from just inside his own half.

58 The springboks attack just outside the Wallabies' 22 but Adam Ashley-Cooper does brilliantly when he first stops Lwazi Mvovo and then tackles Jean de Villiers into touch!

Conversion56 CONVERSION, AUSTRALIA, BARNES! 16-13. Barnes steps up and extends his teams lead!

TRY55 TRY, AUSTRALIA, HIGGINBOTHAM! 14-13. Scott Higginbotham, who has just come on as a replacement for Radike Samo, runs onto a pass from Will Genia and burtsts through two tackles before scoring!

53 Morne Steyn launches a bomb and Dom Shipperley goes up to collect. He mistimes his jump and knocks the ball on.

50 The Wallabies are pinned after trying to set up a maul but Morne Steyn fails to make them pay whe n his effort goes to the right of the uprights.

Penalty48 PENALTY, AUSTRALIA, BARNES! 9-13. Barnes adds another three points after Pienaar infringes at a ruck.

47 The Wallabies take the ball through 13 phases and are soon deep inside the Boks' 22.

44 South Africa set up a couple of phases from a line-out before the ball comes out to Morne Steyn who tries another drop goal but once again his effort is wide of the uprights!

42 Francois Steyn runs onto a flat pass from Morne Steyn but is nailed by a big hit from Michael Hooper!

40 Barnes gets the second half started with a deep kick which is gathered by Morne Steyn. He puts the ball out close to the halfway mark.

Half TimeHalf-time Australia 6 South Africa 13

40 South Africa go on the drive from a maul close to the halfway mark and when the hooter sounds for half-time Pienaar boots it into touch. The Boks deserve their lead but the Aussies have come back strongly in the latter stages of the half. It should be an interesting 40 minutes after the break.

38 The Boks are struggling to impose themselves at the rucks as the Wallabies' counter-rucking is very effective. They've made it difficult for Pienaar when he tries to clear the ball on several occasions.

35 The Boks win a turnover and the ball goes out to their backs! Frans Steyn kicks but his effort is charged down by Barnes. Luckily for the Boks the Wallabies knock on as they try to recover the loose ball.

Yellow Card34 YELLOW CARD, SOUTH AFRICA, MTAWARIRIA! Beast Mtawarira is sent to the sin bin for a shoulder charge off the ball on Beale.

31 The Boks take the ball wide inside the Wallabies' 22 and Frans Steyn throws a long pass to Habana, who tries to offload to Jean de Villiers! It goes awry, however as de Villiers goes wide when the pass come on Habana's inside.

Penalty29 PENALTY, AUSTRALIA, BARNES! 6-13. Barnes narrows the gap after Jannie du Plessis is penalised for a scrum infringement.

Penalty26 PENALTY, SOUTH AFRICA, F STEYN! 3-13. Frans Steyn steps up and nonchalantly puts the ball over from about 45 metres after Nathan Sharpe is penalised for an ifringement at a maul.

23 There's some aerial ping pong as Kurtley Belae, Berrick Barnes, Morne Steyn and Zane Kirchner all exchange kicks. Beale eventually calls for a mark and puts the ball out close to the halfway line.

Conversion21 CONVERSION, SOUTH AFRICA, M STEYN! 3-10. Morne Steyn adds the extras to extend his side's lead!

TRY20 TRY, SOUTH AFRICA, HABANA! 3-8. Bryan Habana sees a gap at a ruck on Australia's try-line and dives over from close range!

Penalty18 PENALTY, AUSTRALIA, BARNES! 3-3. Berrick Barnes opens the Wallabies' account after Beast Mtawarira infringes at a ruck.

15 The Boks try to build momentum from a ruck just inside the Wallabies' 22. They make little headway as Australia counter-rucks them off the ball and Marcell Coetzee is soon pinned for playing the ball on the ground.

13 Quade Cooper shows his magic when he beats three Springboks with deft footwork! He is eventually brought to ground by Adriaan Strauss on the edge of South Africa's 22.

10 Australia attack from inside their 22 and Ashley-Cooper puts a kick through for Digby Ioane to chase. The kick is more in hope as Ioane can only watch as the ball rolls into touch.

8 The Wallabies attack just outside the Springboks' 22 but a poor pass from Berrick Barnes to Adam Ashley-Cooper sees the outside centre knocking on with no defender in front of him!

6 Cooper kicks the ball upfield and Ruan Pienaar fields the ball before putting it out on the halfway mark.

Penalty4 PENALTY, SOUTH AFRICA, STEYN! 0-3. Morne Steyn opens the scoring after Tatafu Polota-Nau is pinned for holding onto the ball on the ground.

2 The Springboks take the ball through nine phases before Morne Steyn tries a drop goal. His effort goes just wide of the uprights.

Kick-off Morne Steyn gets us underway! His kick is taken by Nathan Sharpe who sets up a ruck inside his 22.

anthems Both teams belt out their anthems with great gusto! First up is South Africa's Nkosi Sikele Africa followed by Australia's Advance Australia fair.

Team News Springbok coach Heyneke Meyer has made five changes to his run-on side that drew 16-16 with the Pumas in Mendoza a fortnight ago. Two of it are positional with number eight Duane Vermeulen making his debut. The positional switches sees Francois Hougaard moving from scrum-half to left wing and Willem Alberts shifting from number eight to flank. Other changes in the pack sees Juandré Kruger return as the starting lock, while Andries Bekker - who played his worst game for the Boks last week - drops out completely along with Jacques Potgieter. In-form scrum-half Ruan Pienaar is favoured at number nine will start his first Test of 2012. This has resulted in two further changes to the bench - Bath flank Francois Louw has been included in the match 22 for the first time this season, while speedster Lwazi Mvovo is also amongst the replacements after making way for Hougaard. Cheetahs fly-half Johan Goosen has been selected on the bench and will also earn his first Springbok cap if he gets game time.

Team News Wallabies coach Robbie Deans has made five changes to his side that were beaten by the All Blacks two weeks ago. The big news is that Dom Shipperley will make his debut while Kurtley Beale has been recalled at full-back. Shipperley replaces the injured Drew Mitchell while versatile Adam Ashley-Cooper reverts from full-back to centre in place of Anthony Fainga'a. Elsewhere, number eight Radike Samo returns to the Test starting pack for the first time this year, with Scott Higginbotham relocating to the bench and Tatafu Polota Nau is a late replacement for Stephen Moore who has a hamstring strain.

Welcome Good day and welcome to Perth for this Rugby Championship clash between our hosts Australia and South Africa. We'll return soon with team news.

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