The Rugby Championship: Springboks Defeat Australia in Port Elizabeth

Siya Kolisi
South Africa's loose forward Siya Kolisi celebrates after winning the Rugby Championship match between South Africa and Australia at Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium in Port Elizabeth, South Africa, on September 29, 2018. (Photo by GIANLUIGI GUERCIA / AFP) (Photo credit should read GIANLUIGI GUERCIA/AFP/Getty Images)

In their Rugby Championship game played in Port Elizabeth on Saturday, a near capacity crowd saw the the Springboks defeat Australia 23 points to 12.

Springboks Defeat Australia

The points scorers were as follows:

South Africa 23 Australia 12

South Africa: Tries: Ampiwe Dyantyi, Faf de Klerk Conversions: Handre Pollard 2 Penalties: Pollard 3

Australia: Tries: Reece Hodge, Will Genia Conversion: Matt Toomua

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Disappointing second half by the Springboks

This match was billed as a possible high scoring affair, but the second half did not live up to the promise of the first half. The Port Elizabeth crowd will be happy with the win but will be disappointed with a poor second half display in which the Springboks appeared to take their foot off the pedal, allowing the Wallabies to work their way back into the game.

The game analysis: Springboks Defeat Australia

Keep your eye out for our our more detailed game analysis where we look at some of the key points coming out of this match.

Team sheets:

South Africa: 15 Willie le Roux, 14 Cheslin Kolbe, 13 Jesse Kriel, 12 André Esterhuizen, 11 Aphiwe Dyantyi, 10 Handré Pollard, 9 Francois de Klerk, 8 Sikhumbuzo Notshe, 7 Pieter-Steph du Toit, 6 Siya Kolisi (captain), 5 Franco Mostert, 4 Eben Etzebeth, 3 Frans Malherbe, 2 Malcolm Marx, 1 Tendai Mtawarira.
Replacements: 16 Mbongeni Mbonambi, 17 Steven Kitshoff, 18 Wilco Louw, 19 RG Snyman, 20 Marco van Staden, 21 Embrose Papier, 22 Elton Jantjies, 23 Damian Willemse.

Australia: 15 Dane Haylett-Petty, 14 Israel Folau, 13 Reece Hodge, 12 Matt Toomua, 11 Marika Koroibete, 10 Kurtley Beale, 9 Will Genia, 8 David Pocock, 7 Michael Hooper (captain), 6 Ned Hanigan, 5 Izack Rodda, 4 Adam Coleman, 3 Taniela Tupou, 2 Folau Fainga’a, 1 Scott Sio.
Replacements: 16 Brandon Paenga-Amosa, 17 Sekope Kepu, 18 Allan Alaalatoa, 19 Rory Arnold, 20 Rob Simmons, 21 Nick Phipps, 22 Bernard Foley, 23 Jack Maddocks

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