Springboks beat Wallabies in Rugby Championship clash

Rugby Championship
South Africa's S'busiso Nkosi (R) vies for the ball with Australia's Reece Hodge (C) during the 2019 Rugby Championship match South Africa v Australia, at the Emirates Airline Park in Johannesburg, on July 20, 2019. (Photo by PHILL MAGAKOE / AFP) (Photo credit should read PHILL MAGAKOE/AFP/Getty Images)

A crowd of 51,000 fans were on hand to witness the Springboks beat Wallabies by 35 points to 17 in their Rugby Championship clash at Emirates Airlines Park, on Saturday.

Springboks beat Wallabies

South Africa 35  Australia 17

There was a lot of emotion on display as this was the first Test played by the Springboks after the untimely death of Springbok James Small as well as South African music icon Johnny Clegg. Clegg’s song “Impi” has been used for years to introduce the Springboks onto the field.

This was a tight and hard-fought Test, although the quality was variable thought out the game. This was mostly understandable as the Springbok side has a distinct experimental look to it and the Wallabies had to deal with a number of injuries. The work done by the Springboks to manufacture both Herschel Jantjies’ and Sibusiso Nkosi’s tries, was special.

Stand out players for the Springboks

Debutant Jantjies proved he has a big future ahead of him. A brace of tries, he deservedly received the Man of the Match award.

Pieter-Steph du Toit once again put up his hand, with Francois Louw popping up in the right places at the right time.

Ryan Jordan ‘s regular opinion piece to follow. We will cover the most important thoughts arising from this clash.

South Africa 35

Tries: H. Jantjies (2), L. de Jager. S. Nkosi, C. Reinach

Conversions: E. Jantjies (5)

Australia 17

Tries: D. Haylett-Petty, B. Foley

Conversions: B. Foley (2)

Penalties: B. Foley

 

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