Australia came from behind to score a vigorous try on the stroke of full-time to beat South Africa 24-20 at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane on Saturday in the Rugby Championship. In the early exchanges, the Wallabies took the ball through the phases to set up a brilliant chance in the Springboks’ 22 metre area but were unfortunate not to convert it into points. Handre Pollard had the first chance to put his side in the lead but missed a penalty in the sixth minute.
The Springbok flyhalf made no mistake with two more penalties as he put his side 6-0 ahead. Quade Cooper missed a penalty in the 29th minute but a great set piece move four minutes later saw Adam Ashley-Cooper go over to score. Cooper made no mistake with the conversion as the Australians went 7-6 up.
Pollard converted a late Eben Etzebeth try as the South Africans led 13-7 at the break. After the interval, Jesse Kriel scored the Boks’ second try just four minutes in before Pollard added the extras and at 20-7 the visitors were in the ascendancy. The home side created several chances but just could not seem to breach the South African defence.
Cooper reduced the deficit with a three- pointer in the 57th minute. The Reds flyahlf had another chance to add three more points a short while later but missed on this occasion, as his effort went well wide. Michael Cheika’s men threw everything at the tourists in the last stages of the game and were finally rewarded with a five-pointer through Michael Hooper before Cooper added the sundries with only six minutes to play.
The television match official was called upon to adjudicate Tevita Kuridrani’s crucial try at the death as Matt Gitteau added the additional two to secure a 24-20 win over from 20-7 down.
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