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  • Habana (3), Kirchner, Louw,
    Conversions: Pienaar (3),
31 - 8


  • Harris,
    Penalty goals: Beale,
  • Rugby Championship
  • 29th Sep 2012
  • KO 16:00
  • Ground: Loftus Versfeld, Pretoria
  • Att: 44,463

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Last updated: 29th September 2012  

80 The conversion was missed and it's full-time. South Africa win with an impressive effort against an injury-hit Australia side. Argentina will look forward to next week while the Boks wait to welcome the All Blacks in what should be a cracker at Ellis Park.

TRY79 HABANA TRY! 31-8! Hat-trick try. Holes are opening up all over the field as Louw breaks through and then finds his winger for a clear run to the line.

76 Here comes Jantjies, De Jongh and Tiaan Liebenberg. Goosen gets a decent cheer as he goes off following what was a strong debut on the international stage.

73 Things get worse for Australia as they are down to 14 men as Polota-Nau cannot return to the field as he'd earlier told Rolland he was unfit to continue. Because they had made 7 subs already, they couldn't bring someone else on...when it rains it pours.

71 Cilliers is on for Du Plessis as Goosen claims a loose line-out at the tail. However, the Wallabies have counter-rucked and stolen the ball on their own ten-metre.

70 Elton Jantjies and Juan de Jongh wait on the touchline alongside Pat Cilliers, hoping to get onto the field for the closing stages. Will the fly-half get his debut?

67 Conversion missed.

TRY66 HARRIS TRY! 26-8! Something for Australia to cling too as Beale sets up replacement Harris for a try in the corner. Beale's conversion is coming up...

65 So this win will put the Springboks on 12 points, 4 points behind the All Blacks, who they face in Johannesburg next week. What a prospect that game now is?!

Conversion62 PIENAAR CONVERSION! 26-3! From under the posts.

TRY61 HABANA TRY! 24-3! That is the bonus. A quick line-out from Habana on halfway led to an interchange with Strauss and from there the wing's pace did the rest.

59 The Wallabies are dropping like flies. Polota-Nau is down while Beale is now back up after being grounded earlier in the piece. Argentina must be licking their lips at facing these depleted Wallabies next weekend. The Pumas face New Zealand later today.

57 Patrick Lambie is on for Kirchner at full-back and gets greeted by a massive cheer from the Pretoria crowd. Wow, that says a lot that Bulls locals want him on.

55 Conversion from wide out is just wide from Pienaar.

TRY54 LOUW TRY! 19-3! It was coming. Power and yet more power from the Springboks as a catch and drive leads to Louw spinning and barging his way over.

Yellow Card53 SLIPPER YELLOW! A double blow for Australia as Samo looks to be injured before replacement prop James Slipper is sin-binned for deliberately slowing down the ball when the Boks were in the ascendancy. At altitude, this could hurt them.

51 The Rugby Championship contests picks up in pace here as Strauss and Louw for SA and then Harris for Australia make inroads in an end-to-end spell. However, nothing comes of the latter's excursions as it is now a Wallaby scrum just inside their half.

48 A chance for South Africa to break out here but Lions centre Taute fails to straighten the line when there three Springboks were waiting wide out. That leads to a spillage from full-back Kirchner so Australia will put in on their own 22. Next score is crucial.

45 Australia are looking threatening here with Beale growing more and more into the game. However, Polota-Nau is then penalised at the breakdown so possession is coughed up. At least it's promising for the Wallabies and their under pressure coach.

43 A steady opening here as Pienaar again puts it airborne from his own 22. This time it's Australia in possession with a bit of territory too. Dennis is up to the 22.

Second-half Welcome back to the action. Beale gets us going before Pienaar puts it up, which leads to the Springboks in possession on the halfway line.

40 Half-time in Pretoria and it's 14-3 to South Africa.

39 Concern for Australia here as Adam Ashley-Cooper is out cold after attempting to force Kirchner into touch with the try-line at his mercy. It goes to the TMO.......in touch says Shaun Veldsman as the Wallaby centre is driven from the action on a buggy.

38 Pienaar was set to cancel Beale's effort out but unfortunately for him struck the upright from a penalty. SA still have good territory though here, about 20 out.

Penalty35 BEALE PENALTY! 14-3! Finally, something for the Wallabies to take from the action. South Africa get penalised at the breakdown so up steps Beale, who made no mistake from right in front. So the lead is now down to eleven points in Pretoria.

32 Pienaar has also been superb with his kicking from hand so far today, putting the ball exactly where his chasers want it. Another turnover for the Boks on halfway as Australia come off second best again. It could become a rout here if they're not careful.

Conversion30 PIENAAR CONVERSION! 14-0! The nine kicks well.

TRY29 HABANA TRY! 12-0! It is more. Expansive play from the Boks leads to Habana going over off the shoulder of Pienaar. This is looking very worrying for Australia.

27 An opportunity to extend their lead here as Pienaar lines up a long-range shot. This one is wide to the left from him as it stays 7-0 - it should really be more.

25 That move may have paid off too as Goosen breaks the line and is on his way to the try-line. Has he got there with two Wallabies hauling him down? TMO and Alain Rolland deny him his moment, agreeing he was short on the first grounding. No try.

Conversion22 PIENAAR CONVERSION! 7-0! Change of kicker, change of result. The Springboks are seven points to the good as Goosen is relieved of the tee.

TRY21 KIRCHNER TRY! 5-0! The pressure eventually tells. After the power runners such as Willem Alberts and Duane Vermeulen, came the pace of the men out wide. Numbers aplenty created the chance for the full-back, who took it well on the right side.

19 And after a few phases from the visitors, the strength of the Springbok scavengers pays off to force a turnover penalty. Brief stoppage here as wing Digby Ioane gets some treatment from the medical staff. He is now the man replaced by Faingaa (blood).

18 Many were expecting plenty of points in Pretoria but it remains scoreless with eighteen minutes played. Australian ball through Sharpe at the tail close to halfway.

16 Early engagement from the Springboks here as Samo takes it up to the 22...hang on a second, the Wallabies have lost it at the breakdown. Up it goes from Goosen. The more things change, the more they stay the same, right. The ball gifted back to Australia.

14 Back comes McCabe from the blood-bin.

13 Am I the only one who thinks it might have been a good idea for the experienced Pienaar to kick from the start so as to take some of the pressure off Goosen? Australian scrum by the way - 30 out from the Bok line - with Beale waiting for good ball.

10 He'll have a chance to make amends though as openside flank Michael Hooper enters a ruck from the side. Up steps Goosen again then..he misses to the left.

8 Now a first chance for Goosen from 50 metres after the Wallabies infringe...this one also drifts just wide of the upright. Still 0-0 at Loftus Versfeld then.

6 Blood replacement for Australia as inside centre Pat McCabe goes off for Anthony Faingaa. That is after the Springboks offend though to allow full-back Berrick Barnes his first opportunity from the tee...he pulls it wide does the Waratahs playmaker.

4 Class from Ruan Pienaar as he finds touch on two occasions as his steady influence comes to the fore early on. Australia have it on halfway via Radike Samo.

2 First touch for Taute now but that is put to ground as the Wallabies come away and up to halfway before Beale kicks very well into the 22. It's a pacey start here.

Kick-off Here we go in Pretoria. Johan Goosen was in tears during the anthem as his big day has arrived. He must shake that off now though as he kicks off.

Team news Johan Goosen and Jaco Taute start for the Boks while Eben Etzebeth returns after his suspension. Australia have gone with Kurtley Beale at fly-half and also have Nathan Sharpe making his 110th Test appearance in gold, equalling George Smith.

Loftus is the setting for the Springboks v Wallabies. South Africa are looking to end a five-game losing run against Australia but with the Boks having not lost to their rivals at Loftus - and the Aussies apparently in a 'toxic state' - this may be their time.

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