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Australia beat South Africa in Brisbane




Australia and South Africa have played 89 Tests, the Wallabies have won 38, lost 48, and drawn three times versus the Springboks.

Michael Hooper will surpass the great George Gregan for the most Tests as Wallabies captain when leads out Australia against the Springboks at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane.

  • South Africa and Australia have met in Tests nine times since the beginning of 2015, with those games decided by an average margin of six points per game; the Wallabies have picked up four wins and two draws in that stretch (L3).
  • This will be the first time that Australia has faced South Africa twice within a span of eight days since September 2010; the Wallabies have won their last two Tests against the Springboks when they’ve had a turnaround of fewer than 14 days.
  • The Boks have conceded 13 points in the final quarter of games in the 2021 Rugby Championship, fewer than any other team in the competition; however, Australia has scored more points in this quarter (27) than they have in any other.
  • Lood De Jager has won a competition-high 22 lineouts in The Rugby Championship in 2021, including three lineout steals; no other player has won more than 13 lineouts this campaign.
  • Samu Kerevi has made the most carries (40) and the most offloads (5) of any player in The Rugby Championship thus far in 2021 despite having played only two of the three possible Tests.
  • The Boks have not won down under since winning in Brisbane in 2013; they have only won four times since 1996.
  • The Aussies have won their last nine Tests at Suncorp Stadium.
  • Andrew Kellaway’s try in last week’s Test was the first five-pointer by a backline player against the Springboks in 13 Tests (1032 minutes) since George Bridge scored in the 2019 World Cup opener.

Match detail

Ahead of this match, the bookmakers gave Australia a 7-point start this match, so they expected a Springbok win by 7 points. 

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1.00: PEEEEP! We are underway at Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane.

3.00: Nic White, Samu Kerevi, and Folau Fainga’a combined to take the Aussies into the Boks ‘Red Zone’, but the ball is lost forward by Lachlan Swinton near the goal line.

6.00: The same scrum is reset three times after going down. Boks outweigh the Waalbies 119kg to 113kg, so not much in the set-piece, although the Aussies had the better of the opposition in the important moments last weekend.

9.00: South Africa win the penalty after the fourth collapse, they kick to the 10m before setting up a driving maul. Australia infringes at the maul when Hooper comes in from the side. Handre Pollard kicks to the opposition’s 22.

11.00: James Slipper and Matt Philip both infringe at the lineout, Pollard goes to the corner. SA had a 100% record from driving mauls inside the opposition’s 5m last week, but Eben Etzebeth is pinged for a double movement after being tackled short of the line.

13.00: YELLOW CARD! Faf de Klerk is off for a cynical play at the breakdown after the referee told the 29-year-old scrumhalf to release. Etzebeth fell on the wrong side of the tackle to give the hosts the initial penalty. 0-0

14.00: TRY! Len Ikitau slips Pollard and Marvin Orie’s weak tackles before diving over from close range. 5-0

16.00: MISS! Quade Cooper hits the right-hand post from almost in front. 5-0

18.00: PENALTY! Pollard puts the Boks on the board. 5-3

20.00: Wallabies on the attack inside the Boks’ 22.

21.00: TRY! Dave Rennie’s men come right back at the Boks through some slick passing by Tom Banks and Marika Koroibete to send the 22-year-old outside centre. 10-3

23.00: CONVERSION! Cooper slots the touchline conversion. 12-3

24.00: Pollard’s kick is touched by an Australian hand, and bounces out into touch on the home team’s 22.

26.00: Big scrum by the Springboks, they win a kickable penalty from about 35 metres out.

27.00: PENALTY! Pollard doubles his side’s tally. 12-6

28.00: Franco Mostert drops a simple pass, and puts the visitors under pressure at the ruck where they lose a penalty. Cooper calls for the tee. Tom Banks leaves the field with his arm in a sling. Reece Hodge is on for the fullback.

29.00: PENALTY! Cooper nails the goal. 15-6

30.00: Tom Banks was lucky not to see red after hitting Sbu Nkosi in the head with a stray arm, he instead left the field injured (suspected broken arm); the refs missed that.

31.00: Andrew Kellaway tackles Am in the air, which allows the Boks to take a shot at goal.

32.00: PENALTY! Pollard hits his third goal of the night. 15-9

33.00: YELLOW CARD! Lachlan Swinton is sent off for dangerous play, but the TMO asks the ref to downgrade to yellow because it was shoulder to shoulder before making contact with Duane Vermeulen’s head. 15-9

35.00: De Klerk’s pin-point kick rolls out next to the corner flag. Australia is under pressure on their line, but White clears to the 22.

37.00: Hooper strays offside, Pollard will take the points – good call.

38.00: PENALTY! The 27-year-old makes no mistake. 15-12

40.00: Sbu Nkosi wins the aerial battle with Samu Kerevi and Reece Hodge knocked on into touch. SA gets a scrum after Taniela Tupou loses possession forward from De Klerk’s high kick.

41.00: Boks go wide to Mapimpi, but Australia wins the turnover and kick to touch.

The halftime score was Wallabies 15 Springboks 12

41.00: PEEEEP! We are back underway down under.

42.00: TRY! Lukhanyo Am chases Faf De Klerk’s well-weighted grubber and dots down in the corner. A poor clearance by the Aussies saw the Boks counter-attack. Superb handling by Pollard and Willie Le Roux to Siya Kolisi set up the score. 15-17

43.00: MISS! Pollard’s kick shaves the post. 15-17

46.00: Swinton is back on, but time is off while some players receive treatment.

49.00: Boks release a new front row.

50.00: Cooper is down now, players dropping like flies.

51.00: PENALTY! Cooper puts his side back in front. 18-17

54.00: South Africa is winning the aerial battle again, and their set-piece is beginning to look ominous.

58.00: A mix-up between Etzebeth and De Klerk sees the No. 9 knock on attempting to clear; the Aussies win possession, and then a penalty, which they kick to the 22. Boks regain the ball, Le Roux clears.

60.00: the game is opening up, with both teams running from their half. Damian de Allende tries to attack from his 22, but he loses the ball forward in Hodge’s tackle giving the Wallabies a good attacking scrum in the Boks’ half.

62.00: TRY! Taniela Tupou’s no-look pass sends Marika Koroibete away down the blindside to score his 15th Test try. Tupou drew Nkosi before flipping the ball out the back door to the winger. 23-17

64.00: CONVERSION! Cooper makes it an eight-point two-score lead. 25-17

68.00: TRY! Marika Koroibete gets another try. Pete Samu’s break into the 22 set up some quick ball for Tate McDermott. McDermott goes blind to Koroibete, who glides past prop Vincent Koch to score in the corner. 30-17

70.00: MISS! Cooper cannot convert. 30-17

76.00: Samu and Hooper both win penalties on their team’s try line in the space of minutes to frustrate a clueless Boks.

79.00: YELLOW CARD! Jasper Wiese is off for a dangerous cleanout at the ruck. 30-17

81.00: Australia controls possession, but boks win a penalty; they kick to the corner before the hooter.

82.00: Boks overthrow the lineout, Australia get a penalty, and kick the ball out.


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The final score is Australia 30 (15) South Africa 17 (12)


Tries – Ikitau (2), Koroibete (2)
Pen – Cooper (2)
Con – Cooper (2)
Drop –
Cards – Swinton (Yellow, 33′)

South Africa
Tries – Am
Pen – Pollard (4)
Con –
Drop –
Cards – De Klerk (Yellow, 13′), Wiese (Yellow, 79′)

Match Officials
Referee: Matthew Carley
Assistant Ref 1: Luke Pearce (ENG)
Assistant Ref 2: Graham Cooper (AUS)
TMO: Brett Cronan (AUS)



15 Tom Banks, 14 Andrew Kellaway, 13 Len Ikitau, 12 Samu Kerevi, 11 Marika Koroibete, 10 Quade Cooper, 9 Nic White, 8 Rob Valetini, 7 Michael Hooper (captain), 6 Lachlan Swinton, 5 Matt Philip, 4 Izack Rodda, 3 Taniela Tupou, 2 Folau Fainga’a, 1 James Slipper

Replacements: 16 Feleti Kaitu’u, 17 Angus Bell, 18 Tom Robertson, 19 Darcy Swain, 20 Pete Samu, 21 Tate McDermott, 22 Reece Hodge, 23 Jordan Petaia

South Africa

15 Willie le Roux, 14 Sibusiso Nkosi, 13 Lukhanyo Am, 12 Damian de Allende, 11 Makazole Mapimpi, 10 Handré Pollard, 9 Francois de Klerk, 8 Duane Vermeulen, 7 Francois Mostert, 6 Siyamthanda Kolisi (captain), 5 Marvin Orie, 4 Eben Etzebeth, 3 Frans Malherbe, 2 Mbongeni Mbonambi, 1 Trevor Nyakane

Replacements: 16 Malcolm Marx, 17 Steven Kitshoff, 18 Vincent Koch, 19 Marco van Staden, 20 Albertus Smith, 21 Jasper Wiese, 22 Herschel Jantjies, 23 Damian Willemse

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