Rugby Championship: South Africa Bounces Back To Secure Victory Over Australia in Tense Sydney Encounter

Rugby Championship: South Africa Bounces Back To Secure Victory Over Australia in Tense Sydney Encounter

Byron Pillay
updated at April 12, 2023 at 8:10 PM
  • 19-year-old Canan Moodie grabbed a brilliant try as South Africa beat Australia in the Rugby Championship
  • Tensions threatened to boil over when both teams were involved in a pushing and shoving match
  • South Africa scored four good tries to secure a bonus point and pick up a good win over Australia

South Africa bounced back after last week’s disappointing result to beat Australia in Sydney.

The Springboks came out all guns blazing as they took an early lead against the Wallabies through a Damian de Allende try under the posts.

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South Africa produced a commanding performance as they bounced back to beat Australia in the Rugby Championship. Image: Glenn Nicholls/ Mark Kolbe
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Damian Willemse then converted the try to make the score 7-0. The Boks continued to bully the Australians, with captain Siya Kolisi leading by example.

The Australians only grew into the game at the half-hour mark, when they made their first trip into the Bok 22. Their pressure was rewarded with a penalty for a high tackle which was converted by fly-half Noah Lolesio to make the score 7-3.

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The next ten minutes were played at a frenetic pace as both sides looked to grab points before the halftime whistle. The Boks would grab the next try as 19-year-old Canan Moodie scored a beautiful try. Jaden Hendrikse delivered a high box kick from a ruck which Moodie rushed after. The youngster leapt high, plucked the ball out of the air, and sprinted to dive over the line. Willemse couldn’t convert the try, but South Africa took a 12-3 lead into the break.

The second half saw the Boks continue where they left off in the first as they soon took a 17-3 lead. The Boks produced some great continuous offloads to find Franco Mostert out wide. Moster dived over but Willemse again couldn’t convert.

The Aussie tried to hit back and had a sustained period of play in the Bok 22. The Aussies had advantage after advantage as the South Africans gave away penalties, but could not capitalize on it. The pressure was broken when Allan Alaalatoa produced a dangerous piece of play at the ruck to give South Africa a penalty.

It started to get a bit tense as the game wore on, as South Africa and Australia were both guilty of giving away possession. The tension reached a boiling point when Makazole Mapimpi dived over after a brilliant play. While the try was good, the events after were on another level. A mass pushing and shoving match ensued between players and threatened to boil over into something worse.

The matter was finally resolved but resulted in Mapimpi getting a yellow card. Frans Steyn, who came on not long before the try, converted to send South Africa 24-3 up.

Australia pushed forward and grabbed a consolation try, thanks to Pete Samu. Willie le Roux was shown a yellow in the process, and South Africa were reduced to 13 men. Reece Hodge missed the resulting conversion, and Australia didn't have enough time to mount another attack as the Boks ran out winners.

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Australia started the game with all guns blazing when they took on South Africa in the Rugby Championship.

The Aussies were up 10-0 within the first 10 minutes of the game as Fraser McReight dived over the touchline in the second minute of the game.

Noah Lolesio converted the try and then converted a penalty five minutes later. The Boks were shell-shocked but slowly found their way back into the game.

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Byron Pillay
Byron Pillay is a sports writer and Head of the Department at Sports Brief (joined in 2022) with over 10 years of experience in community journalism and a degree in journalism from Caxton's Cadet School.
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