Rugby Championship - Perth, 6 September 2014, 18:05 local, 10:05 GMT
Australia (11) 24 - 23 (14) South Africa (FT)

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Welcome to the second game of our Rugby Championship double header, with Australia hosting South Africa in Perth. Can Australia get off the mark?

It's a dank day in Perth.

1 5 - 0

Wallabies kick off into the breeze through Bernard Foley. They go short in the middle and Israel Folau flies high to regather the ball. Attacking 5m lineout. Australia put five phases going right, and they go back left and Matt Toomua feeds Israel Folau with a short ball. Front-foot ball and pace and Australia had massive numbers to their advantage. Try awarded only after TMO checked lazy runners and whether they impeded Morne Steyn. Great start Australia.

3

Australia collect the restart easily and clear deep into Boks territory. Australia started as quickly last time in Auckland but seem to have more intensity tonight.

4

We've got a mini game of forcings backhere, but the kicking basically is poor from both sides. Penalty South Africa after Tevita Kuridrani takes the ball into a ruck. Australia penalised for going off their feet. Midfield from 22m line.

6 5 - 3

Australia try another short re-start but Boks defuse this one and clear.

7

Sam Carter penalised for going off his feet at the breakdown, and RSA kick into Australian territory. Australia moving the ball at pace on the short side, and that's encouraging for Wallabies fans.

8

South Africa win the lineout and pick and go, only to be penalised for not releasing in midfield on first run of game. Nick Phipps taps and goes, but Australia go nowhere. RSA penalised at the next ruck for hands, and this time Australia clear into Boks territory.

10

Australia making easy ground in midfield through half breaks, but the go off feet at the breakdown and Morne Steyn kicks Boks deep into Australia territory. Australia playing at pace but gifting Boks soft penalties.

12 5 - 8

Fantastic try Springboks, with Cornal Hendricks grabbing his fourth. Swift hands to the right and Hendricks ghosted over. Worth watching that in the video report.

14

Bernard Foley tries another short kick off, but it doesn't go 10 metres. Boks play at it, however, and then kick poorly. Tevita Kuridrani makes a strikes bust the the right and Australia tear into 5m ruck. South Africa penalised, and Michael Hooper indicates he wants to go for goal.

16 8 - 8

Foley - penalty goal

17

Another soft penalty to South Africa, with Scott Fardy in front of the kicker. Brendan Cannon mentioned this in a preview earlier in the week, indicating it's the sign of individuals playing not as a team.

18 8 - 11

Steyn - penalty goal

19

South Africa clear from the kick off, with Ruan Pienaar roosting high and Bernard Foley knocks on on the 10m line. Penalties and mistakes cruelling Australia at the minute. They seems to be playing just a little too quickly.

20

South Africa just about win that scrum, but they can't do anything with the ball. Encouraging for Australia that, first scrum of the game.

22

Back on halfway after a session of kick tennis which ended with Willie le Roux kicking out on the full.

23

Australia lose the lineout after their lifting prop, Jame Slipper, fails to get there on time. Boks feed Bryan Habana on a short ball and beats three tacklers. South Africa lose the ball but Scott Fardy has conceded another penalty. Elementary errors from Australia.

24 8 - 14

Steyn - penalty goal

25

Bryan Haban collects that kick-off and carts the ball forward, but they lose the pill and Australia counter through Israel Folau and Michael Hooper. Australia recycle and go left but Jame Slipper is hammered. Duane Vermeulen penalised for a high tackle, but seems a tough call.

27 11 - 14

South Africa's time for a dumb error: Victor Matfield in front of the kicker at the restart.

28

Wallabies win a scrum penalty at the ensuing set-piece, with Jannie du Plessis pinged, and Matt Toomua roosts Australia to the 25m for a lineout.

29

Australia come right and Tevita Kuridrani makes a half-break after Bryan Habana tries and misses an intercept. Go back right but spill the ball in contact. Springboks engage early, and Australia have a free-kick.

32

Australia put the ball through phases, and just when they look to be going lateral they grubber. Adam Ashley-Cooper looks certain to score but he knocks on over the tryline under pressure from Willie le Roux.

33

Victor Matfield wins a defensive lineout but Rob Simmons concedes another cheap penalty by tackling him in the air.

35

Knock-ons either way, and the teams really are struggling to get momentum.

36

South African scrum just survives again but Australia looking dominant in the set-piece. Teams then kick back and forth with a net gain to the Boks. Lineout just outside 22.

38

Springboks going through phases but its all a bit one-out, and Australia effect turnover on the left. Australia com right and Tevita Kuridrani once again makes ground.

40

The half comes to an end with Willie le Roux kicking out. Neither side dominant, but you think Australia, playing into the breeze, will be content enough to be just three points down. Now they just need to play a fraction slower. More speed, less haste.

40

We're aback underway with Morne Steyn, the Boks kicking long and Adam Ashley-Cooper fails to find touch. Wallabies chase hard, however, and force a penalty as Boks join the ruck incorrectly.

41 14 - 14

Sweet kick from Bernard Foley, and Australia make another good start. Ewen McKenzie in sideline comments laments silly penalties.

42

Australia win the lineout but roost the ball too deep and the ball goes through the in-goal. Boks scrum in mid-division, and they drive the Wallabies backwards to win a penalty. Seems a gift three points.

44 14 - 17

Steyn - penalty goal

45

Another box kick from Ruan Pienaar but Israel Folau takes easily. Australia spill the ball, and South Africa spin the ball quickly to Bryan Habana on the left flank, on the winger sprints clear to feed Jean de Villiers but Pienaar spills on the 5m.

47

Australia concede another penalty, for a collapsed scrum.

48 14 - 20

South Africa are riding momentum and you just wonder if the next 10 metres could be telling - especially as Bernard Foley kicks out on the full from the restart. Australia are digging a hole for themselves.

50

Australia put South Africa scrum under pressure but the visitors hold on, and soon enough Australia spill a lineout after a poor throw from James Hanson.

51

Bryan Haban used on a crash ball, and South Africa moving forward but Ruan Pienaar knocks-on after gainng 5m. South Africa playing very much better with faster front-foot ball in the second half.

52

Australia win that scrum and Rob Horne breaks a kicks - straight to Willie le Roux, who puts the ball back into Aussie territory. We end up with a South Africa lineout and they look good on attack before going off their feet at a ruck.

55

We've got a spate of poor and aimless kicking from both sides, but South Africa do get the better of the duels - especially when Izzy Folau gains only 5m.

56

Springboks come right and a nice flick pass from Willie le Roux puts Jean de Villiers into space. Australia shut it down, but concede another penalty, which Morne Steyne puts into the corner for a lineout and a driving maul.

58

South Africa accidental offside and Australia have the scrum 7m from their own line.

59

Wallabies win a short-arm free-kick.

60

Springboks put on a couple of phases only for Willie le Roux to kick out on the full.

61

James Hanson overthrows a full lineout, and Ruan Pienaar collects the pill. James Horwill then penalised for not rolling away after effecting a tackle.

62 14 - 23

Wallabies have the wind, but the Springboks have had 75% territory in the second half.

63

Aimless kick through from Scott Fardy there, and you do wonder what's happening to the Wallabies game plan. South Africa kick out on the full again to gift Wallabies a lineout on 10m.

64

Wallabies firmly on the attack, with Scott Higginbotham involved in a midfield bust. Australia held up short, with Bryan Habana tackling Adam Ashley-Cooper.

65

Seems a really harsh decision to card Habana in his 100th Test for high tackle on Adam Ashley-Cooper. Can the Wallabies tad advantage of the extra man?

66

Pek Cowan rumbles over from a ruck, only to have the score disallowed for obstruction in the breakdown.

67

Israel Folau makes massive ground in midfield after collecting a box kick, but Australia can't capitalise before South Africa penalised.

68 17 - 23

Foley - penalty goal

69

Wallabies win a lineout and Scott Higginbotham makes great ground with a fierce run in the loose. We imagine Greg Growden might have something to say on Monday.

70

Lovely half-break from Matt Toomua, but Duane Vermeulen just holds on. Crucial tackle with Wallabies immediately conceding a penalty. Interesting for Wallabies that Kurtley Beale remains on the bench.

72

South Africa mauling and rucking slowly deep in Australia territory, clearly playing for a penalty, but they infringe with hands in the ruck.

73

Israel Folau increasingly involved in a range of positions, and looking dangerous. Wallabies on attack with Kurtley Beale putting Tevita Kuridrani into space.

74

Wallabies go back right, and Michael Hooper held up short. Wallabies rucking on 2m. Springboks penalised for offside, and Wallabies tap and go.

75

Wallabies go right and have numbers but Kurtley Beale comes back inside. Great defence, but you wonder if the Wallabies decision-making was off there. South Africa win penalty but fail to find touch.

77 22 - 23

Walabies come left through Bernard Foley, Kurtley Beale, Israel Folau and Tevita Kuridrani, and Rob Horne steps inside to score. Great try.

78 24 - 23

Bernard Foley making a habit of this.

79

Kick-off doesn't go 10, but Wallabies collect and go through the phases to play out the game.

80

Wallabies celebrate as if they've won the World Cup. A win is a win, and they scored 10 points while Bryan Habana was controversially sin-binned.

Timeline

Time Australia  Score  South Africa
0 start of first half start of first half
1 Folau - try 5 - 0
6 5 - 3 Steyn - penalty goal
12 5 - 8 Hendricks - try
16 Foley - penalty goal 8 - 8
18 8 - 11 Steyn - penalty goal
24 8 - 14 Steyn - penalty goal
27 Foley - penalty goal 11 - 14
40 end of first half end of first half
40 start of second half start of second half
41 Foley - penalty goal 14 - 14
44 14 - 17 Steyn - penalty goal
48 14 - 20 Steyn - penalty goal
52 Cowan - sub on
Slipper - sub off
59 Horwill - sub on
Carter - sub off
Higginbotham - sub on
Palu - sub off
60 BW du Plessis - sub on
Strauss - sub off
62 14 - 23 Steyn - penalty goal
65 Habana - yellow card
66 Alexander - sub on
Kepu - sub off
JN du Plessis - sub off
van der Merwe - sub on
68 Foley - penalty goal 17 - 23
69 Nyakane - sub on
Mtawarira - sub off
Louw - sub off
Lambie - sub on
70 Fardy - sub off
Hodgson - sub on
72 Toomua - sub off
Beale - sub on
Etzebeth - sub off
de Jager - sub on
77 Horne - try 22 - 23
78 Foley - conversion 24 - 23
79 Whiteley - sub on
Lambie - sub off
80 end of second half
end of half
end of second half
end of half
0
80

Notes

 
Result Australia won by a margin of 1 point
Rugby Championship points Australia 4, South Africa 1 (1 losing bonus)
 
Ground name Subiaco Oval, Perth
Attendance 25718
 
Referee GJ Clancy (Ireland)
 
Australia Test debuts none
South Africa Test debuts WR Whiteley

Teams

Australia South Africa
Tries Folau (1), Horne (77) Tries Hendricks (12)
Cons Foley (78) Cons none
Pens Foley (16, 27, 41, 68) Pens Steyn (6, 18, 24, 44, 48, 62)

Match stats

Australia   South Africa
2 Tries 1
1 from 2 Conversion goals 0 from 1
4 from 4 Penalty goals 6 from 6
83.0% Kick at goal success 86.0%
0 Dropped goals 0
Kick/pass/run
24 Kicks from hand 29
151 Passes 71
129 Runs 68
578 Metres run with ball 235
Attacking
59% (54%/66%) Possession (1H/2H) 41% (46%/34%)
57% (52%/62%) Territory (1H/2H) 43% (48%/38%)
9 Clean breaks 6
25 Defenders beaten 10
11 Offloads 1
88 from 94 (93.6%) Rucks won 47 from 54 (87.0%)
2 from 2 (100.0%) Mauls won 5 from 5 (100.0%)
12 Turnovers conceded 15
Defensive
81/10 Tackles made/missed 147/25
89.0% Tackling success rate 85.0%
Set pieces
4 won, 1 lost (80.0%) Scrums on own feed 6 won, 1 lost (85.7%)
7 won, 3 lost (70.0%) Lineouts on own throw 14 won, 0 lost (100.0%)
Discipline
12 (0) Penalties conceded (Freekicks) 12 (2)
0/0 Yellow/red cards 1/0

Aust stats

Pos   T/A Pts K/P/R MR CB DB OL TO Tack LO Pen Y/R
FB Folau 1/0 5 6/6/17 86 2 4 2 0 0/1 0/0 0 0/0
W Ashley-Cooper 0/0 0 1/0/8 44 0 2 0 1 1/0 0/0 0 0/0
C Kuridrani 0/1 0 0/5/13 122 2 6 2 0 7/0 0/0 1 0/0
C Toomua 0/1 0 7/5/8 20 0 2 2 1 5/0 0/0 0 0/0
W Horne 1/0 5 1/2/6 41 1 3 1 2 0/1 0/0 0 0/0
FH Foley 0/0 14 7/23/12 33 0 3 1 3 7/0 0/0 0 0/0
SH Phipps 0/0 0 1/91/7 9 0 0 0 1 2/1 1/0 0 0/0
P Slipper 0/0 0 0/1/8 15 0 0 0 0 6/0 0/0 1 0/0
H Hanson 0/0 0 0/1/2 94 0 0 0 1 6/0 0/0 1 0/0
P Kepu 0/0 0 0/1/2 0 0 0 0 0 5/1 0/0 0 0/0
L Carter 0/0 0 0/1/3 5 1 0 0 0 5/0 2/0 1 0/0
L Simmons 0/0 0 0/2/5 22 1 1 1 2 6/2 0/0 4 0/0
F Fardy 0/0 0 1/2/6 10 1 0 0 0 4/1 0/0 1 0/0
F Hooper 0/0 0 0/1/6 32 0 4 0 0 10/2 0/0 0 0/0
N8 Palu 0/0 0 0/1/4 8 0 0 0 1 13/0 1/0 0 0/0
(P) Cowan 0/0 0 0/1/2 2 0 0 0 0 2/0 0/0 0 0/0
(P) Alexander 0/0 0 0/0/4 0 0 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0 0/0
(L) Horwill 0/0 0 0/2/4 11 0 0 1 0 0/1 1/0 1 0/0
(N8) Higginbotham 0/0 0 0/3/6 22 1 0 1 0 1/0 1/0 0 0/0
(F) Hodgson 0/0 0 0/0/5 2 0 0 0 0 1/0 1/0 1 0/0
(C) Beale 0/0 0 0/3/1 0 0 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 1 0/0
Key T/A Tries / Try Assists Pts Points scored
K/P/R Kick / Pass / Run MR Metres Run with ball
CB Clean Breaks DB Defenders Beaten OL OffLoads TO TurnOvers
Tack Tackles made / missed LO LineOuts won on throw / stolen on opp throw
Pen Penalties conceded Y/R Yellow / Red cards

SA stats

Pos   T/A Pts K/P/R MR CB DB OL TO Tack LO Pen Y/R
FB le Roux 0/0 0 9/4/7 42 0 0 0 2 3/0 0/0 1 0/0
W Hendricks 1/0 5 0/1/1 11 1 1 0 0 1/0 0/0 0 0/0
C Serfontein 0/1 0 1/1/4 3 0 0 0 2 18/0 0/0 0 0/0
C de Villiers 0/0 0 0/4/7 27 1 2 0 0 12/2 0/0 2 0/0
W Habana 0/0 0 0/1/6 65 2 2 0 0 6/1 0/0 2 1/0
FH Steyn 0/0 18 8/9/0 0 0 0 0 1 8/7 0/0 1 0/0
SH Pienaar 0/0 0 11/42/8 24 1 0 0 3 4/1 0/0 0 0/0
P Mtawarira 0/0 0 0/0/1 1 0 0 0 1 4/0 0/0 0 0/0
H Strauss 0/0 0 0/0/5 3 0 0 0 1 2/0 0/0 1 0/0
P JN du Plessis 0/0 0 0/0/0 0 0 0 0 0 10/1 0/0 2 0/0
L Etzebeth 0/0 0 0/1/5 9 1 0 1 1 8/0 6/2 0 0/0
L Matfield 0/0 0 0/2/2 1 0 0 0 1 13/4 5/0 1 0/0
F Louw 0/0 0 0/2/4 3 0 1 0 1 10/1 1/0 0 0/0
F Coetzee 0/0 0 0/1/8 10 0 3 0 1 13/0 0/0 0 0/0
N8 Vermeulen 0/0 0 0/3/9 34 0 1 0 0 13/4 1/0 2 0/0
(H) BW du Plessis 0/0 0 0/0/0 0 0 0 0 0 4/2 0/0 0 0/0
(P) Nyakane 0/0 0 0/0/1 2 0 0 0 1 5/0 0/0 0 0/0
(P) van der Merwe 0/0 0 0/0/0 0 0 0 0 0 6/1 0/0 0 0/0
(L) de Jager 0/0 0 0/0/0 0 0 0 0 0 5/0 0/0 0 0/0
(F) Whiteley 0/0 0 0/0/0 0 0 0 0 0 2/0 0/0 0 0/0
(W) Lambie 0/0 0 0/0/0 0 0 0 0 0 0/1 0/0 0 0/0
Key T/A Tries / Try Assists Pts Points scored
K/P/R Kick / Pass / Run MR Metres Run with ball
CB Clean Breaks DB Defenders Beaten OL OffLoads TO TurnOvers
Tack Tackles made / missed LO LineOuts won on throw / stolen on opp throw
Pen Penalties conceded Y/R Yellow / Red cards

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