Springboks punish wasteful Wallabies

23-12 as South Africa's pressure proves too much

South Africa continued their excellent run of form to dominate a scrappy match in Port Elizabeth.

The Wallabies were shell-shocked after 23 seconds with Aphiwe Dyantyi collecting a wild Kurtley Beale throw to score. 

The Springboks made it 12-0 on 20 minutes with Faf de Klerk profiting from some weak Wallabies defending.

Australia fought back with a gritty first-half performance - Reece Hodge drove through to make it 12-5 and Will Genia showed lightning pace to score from the Wallabies' best move of the game.

The difference was the impeccable kicking from Handre Pollard - his 2 penalty kicks and 2 conversions meant that the Springboks went into half-time 20-12 ahead.

South Africa controlled the rest of the game, with scoreboard pressure forcing the Wallabies into numerous mistakes and throwing away possession.

A final Pollard penalty provided the only points of the 2nd half - both teams visibly tiring in front of a partisan 46,000 crowd at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium.

The loss extends the Wallabies' poor form with only 2 wins in the last 10 matches.

The action continues as the Wallabies take on Argentina, broadcast LIVE on TEN and streamed LIVE on tenplay, 9.15am Sunday 7th October 2018