Wallabies conquer Springboks in Perth clash

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    Wallabies prop Ben Alexander scored an inspirational late try to lift Australia to a crucial 26-19 Rugby Championship victory over South Africa in Perth on Saturday night and ease pressure on coach Robbie Deans.

    In a highly dramatic passage of play with 11 minutes left at Patersons Stadium and the scores deadlocked at 19-19, Alexander made a 15 metre charge down the blindside as Wallabies captain Will Genia lay strewn in pain in the backplay.

    Genia appeared to land awkwardly on his knee after fielding a kick, and hobbled from the field with the assistance of trainers.

    But while yet another potentially devastating injury setback was unfolding for an Australian skipper, Alexander was coming up with the match-turning play as TMO confirmed he had touched down in the left-corner.

    Berrick Barnes converted from the sideline to clinch the Nelson Mandela Plate and a fifth successive victory for Australia over South Africa.

    The Wallabies trailed 13-6 at halftime, after Springboks flyer Bryan Habana crashed over from close range and South Africa were well on top as they gave Australia a masterclass in kicking.

    After devastating back-to-back Bledisloe Cup losses to New Zealand, that put Deans’ future in a precarious position heading to Perth – Wallabies super-sub Scott Higginbotham broke a 178 minute try-scoring drought when he burst through just two minutes after coming onto the field for No.8 Radike Samo in the second half.

    Australia failed to score a point in four consecutive halves of football, but Higginbotham’s effort in the 56th minute put the Wallabies in front 16-13 – their first lead of the match.

    The Wallabies looked to begin the match with enterprise but fell into the same trap of continuously kicking the ball away.

    Springboks fullback Zane Kirchner and five-eighth Morne Steyn punished the Wallabies with a far superior kicking game and put Australia’s back-three under pressure with well-placed up and unders.

    Long-range specialist Frans Steyn booted two bombs from near the halfway line to put South Africa in a match-winning position, but Australia delivered on their promise of putting in a whole-hearted performance – and showed excellent determination and composure to stay in the match.

    Barnes’ kicking was questionable in general play, but from the tee he was outstanding and potted six from six.

    Lock Sitaleki Timani was named man of the match to continue his outstanding start to the Rugby Championship, as Australia got off the bottom of the ladder with their first win of the tournament.

    © AAP 2018

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    • September 8th 2012 @ 10:49pm
      Fromthesideline said | September 8th 2012 @ 10:49pm | ! Report

      How many minutes of rugby was actually played??

      • September 8th 2012 @ 10:54pm
        p.Tah said | September 8th 2012 @ 10:54pm | ! Report

        I’m going to go with 80

        • September 8th 2012 @ 11:09pm
          Mick said | September 8th 2012 @ 11:09pm | ! Report

          Yep, I can confirm – 80…

          • September 8th 2012 @ 11:14pm
            bennalong said | September 8th 2012 @ 11:14pm | ! Report

            It was 80!

            • September 9th 2012 @ 7:27am
              Bear said | September 9th 2012 @ 7:27am | ! Report

              I’ll go with about 27 minutes. Those saying 80 minutes watched a different game.

              • September 9th 2012 @ 8:43pm
                p.Tah said | September 9th 2012 @ 8:43pm | ! Report

                Did you get a humor-ectomy Bear?

    • September 8th 2012 @ 10:51pm
      Fromthesideline said | September 8th 2012 @ 10:51pm | ! Report

      How many minutes of rugby was actually played?

    • September 8th 2012 @ 10:55pm
      p.Tah said | September 8th 2012 @ 10:55pm | ! Report

      Wallabies dug deep in the second half. Well done. Nice to have a win.

      • September 8th 2012 @ 11:29pm
        Nathan of Perth said | September 8th 2012 @ 11:29pm | ! Report

        Yep, never turn down a win. Just about jumped the row in front of me when the ball entered touch the last time, didn’t care how frustrating we had been to watch before that!

    • Roar Guru

      September 8th 2012 @ 11:02pm
      SandBox said | September 8th 2012 @ 11:02pm | ! Report

      AAC’s double tackle was my highlight of the game

      • September 8th 2012 @ 11:29pm
        Nathan of Perth said | September 8th 2012 @ 11:29pm | ! Report

        It was godly.

        • September 9th 2012 @ 9:22am
          mick-e said | September 9th 2012 @ 9:22am | ! Report

          To that I’ll add unearthly, spiritual, transcendental, supernatural. Didnt realise rugger players could be in two places at once. And we thought John O’Neil was the messiah.

      • September 9th 2012 @ 1:08am
        Albo said | September 9th 2012 @ 1:08am | ! Report

        I’ve always wondered why he does that superman tackle over people… now I know why… it was genius.

        He was one of our best on park. He was breaking tackles again and defending well.. NOW KEEP HIM THERE!

        • September 9th 2012 @ 5:47am
          TembaVJ said | September 9th 2012 @ 5:47am | ! Report

          Never mind that both tackles were around the head 🙂

          Its was a very good effort though

          • September 9th 2012 @ 7:57am
            Parisien said | September 9th 2012 @ 7:57am | ! Report

            True Temba but an entertaining moment!

          • September 9th 2012 @ 12:09pm
            Blue Blood said | September 9th 2012 @ 12:09pm | ! Report

            Agreed. Amazing and saved a try without a doubt. But not all that legal.

    • September 8th 2012 @ 11:05pm
      Keith of WA said | September 8th 2012 @ 11:05pm | ! Report

      Well done to the Wallabies…. I feel for Deans…..what is Barnes thinking?

      How good was Hooper? Some great drives over the ball…. Pocock take note!… Some huge hits by Timani… Noticeable that Samo pushed in the scrum

      And please Robbie find another 15!!!!!!

      • September 9th 2012 @ 6:52am
        formeropenside said | September 9th 2012 @ 6:52am | ! Report

        I saw one tackle by Timani all game, and it was not “huge”. Turned over in possession, ineffective running, not used in the lineout, missed the tackle for Habana’s try – thats what I did see.

        • Roar Guru

          September 9th 2012 @ 8:39am
          PeterK said | September 9th 2012 @ 8:39am | ! Report

          well fair minded people saw a lot more. Timani was the man of the match.
          He did make a lot of tackles. But his main contribution was his midfield running. He made the hard yards and over the gain line time and again.

          AWH would not be able to come close to that good a performance at this level.

          • Roar Guru

            September 9th 2012 @ 10:39am
            El Gamba said | September 9th 2012 @ 10:39am | ! Report

            Typically Wal has a better work rate but less impact. Timani lifted his work rate last night (unless you were watching through Queensland eyes).

        • Roar Guru

          September 9th 2012 @ 8:52am
          jeznez said | September 9th 2012 @ 8:52am | ! Report

          Habana wasn’t his man, there was another Wallaby loitering behind the ruck that should have stopped Hababn – I think it may have been Robinson but am unsure. Timani was coming across in cover, he at least got to Habana but certainly was not the culprit in missing him.

          • Roar Guru

            September 9th 2012 @ 9:02am
            PeterK said | September 9th 2012 @ 9:02am | ! Report

            No chance getting Fos to be fair minded about Timani. It was Robinson who was the culprit.

            • September 9th 2012 @ 10:13am
              formeropenside said | September 9th 2012 @ 10:13am | ! Report

              Benn Robbo missed him too, dont get me wrong.

              Timani made hitups, sure, but any metres?

              I just dont get all the man-love. 5 good super rugby games in 5 years, and 40 good mins of test rugby and he is the second coming? Unlikely.

              • Roar Guru

                September 9th 2012 @ 10:42am
                jeznez said | September 9th 2012 @ 10:42am | ! Report

                FOS, my man love stems from him being the most effective clean out in Oz rugby (when fit) and adding a rock to the scrum.

                I think his lineout can improve, his running is ok, he makes occaisional huge tackles but all of that is secondary to what I want from my tighthead lock which is strong consistent clean outs at the breakdown and support for the tighthead.

                He frustrated me through the super season as he wasn’t fit and wasn’t doing enough of the sh*tters but he is stepping back up. Having a proper off-season after November (rather than heading to Japan again) leaves me quite optimistic that he will realise his potentiatl.

              • September 9th 2012 @ 10:17pm
                SkinnyKid said | September 9th 2012 @ 10:17pm | ! Report

                FOS – so what your saying is it annoys you that he played well?

      • September 9th 2012 @ 11:35am
        Rugby Diehard said | September 9th 2012 @ 11:35am | ! Report

        Keith – you feel for Deans regarding Barnes? – if he hasn’t noticed that Berrick is not up to Test Match Rugby over the last 5 years yet continues to persist with him based on…..hmmm based on what the guy is out of form and to be honest out of his league at this level. This might be a result of his head knocks and lack of confidence from this but whatever has caused it the buck stops with RD for CONTINUALLY picking him. It just shows how ridiculous all thos MOM awards during the Wales series were. The guy set up one try and made the right decision a couple of times and suddenly he is the Messiah. If last night’s effort by Barnes wasn’t enough to show he ain’t the answer then RD will never get it. WHY CANT HE JUST PICK THE BEST 15 IN FORM PLAYERS?!?!!?!?!? STOP TRYING TO SECOND GUESS WHETHER PEOPLE ARE UP TO TEST MATCH RUGBY AND PICK A MAN WHEN HE IS IN FORM. I SUPPORTED RD UP UNTIL THE SELECTION OF LAST YEARS WORLD CUP SQUAD BUT HIS SELECTIONS ARE JUST BAFFLING.

        • September 9th 2012 @ 2:38pm
          Blinky Bill of Bellingen said | September 9th 2012 @ 2:38pm | ! Report

          I can’t understand not picking on form at all. Perhaps I’m just a Simple Simon or something and the answer is staring me in the face and I’m just not seeing it.

          It took ages and injuries to finally get DOM a chance and look how well he went. Is anyone surprised that the form winger did well? What took Robbie so long?

          To my mind if you are not picking on form then you must be picking on the players ability to execute YOUR game plan. But what the hell is that game plan? Berrick persists with kicking the leather of the ball & even Deans can’t understand all of the weird kicking. Yet he keeps selecting him.

          So if Deans doesn’t understand the fetish for booting the ball away (and he’s the frigging coach), and he’s not picking on form, then what is the selection criteria?

          How long is it going to take to realise that Kurtley has to go away and fix himself? KB has done nothing to retain his spot. There must be better options.

          • September 9th 2012 @ 6:23pm
            Blue Blood said | September 9th 2012 @ 6:23pm | ! Report

            I agree regarding Beale. He looks mentally fried. Drop him and let him self destruct in private. It’s painful to watch.

        • September 9th 2012 @ 2:55pm
          Jagman said | September 9th 2012 @ 2:55pm | ! Report

          And what percentage was Barnes’ goal kicking. Last time I checked 100% is test match level just ask world cup winners Johny Wilkinson and Morne Steyn.

          • September 10th 2012 @ 6:31am
            Jerry said | September 10th 2012 @ 6:31am | ! Report

            Morne Steyn hasn’t won a RWC.

            • September 10th 2012 @ 10:06am
              Jagman said | September 10th 2012 @ 10:06am | ! Report

              Sorry meant Percy

      • September 10th 2012 @ 6:56pm
        Blue to the Bone said | September 10th 2012 @ 6:56pm | ! Report

        I’m not sure what you mean by Pocock take note?!

        Without Pocock, how many turn overs at the ruck did we have?!

        Hooper is not yet upto Wallabies standard. Don’t get me wrong, he’s not a bad player, but not quite at Pocock/McCaw standard yet….

        I’d be watching him for the future though, if i was Pocock

    • September 8th 2012 @ 11:06pm
      Jock said | September 8th 2012 @ 11:06pm | ! Report

      Not sure. I turned it off because I didn’t have fox and channel 9 ads unbearable.
      Glad to read they won though.

      • September 8th 2012 @ 11:15pm
        Tony said | September 8th 2012 @ 11:15pm | ! Report

        Yep, Channel 9 completely dropped the ball with all they’re Ill placed, over-length ads. I reckon the free to air lost around 30 – 40 mins of live air time cause I checked Fox Sports and saw that the Wallabies had already won soon after the second half kicked off. Turned off after that.

      • September 8th 2012 @ 11:51pm
        WayneO said | September 8th 2012 @ 11:51pm | ! Report

        The ads were unbearable in the extreme. I won’t watch another game on 9 if that is the standard of broadcast. There were more ads then rugby.

        • September 9th 2012 @ 12:36am
          Minz said | September 9th 2012 @ 12:36am | ! Report

          It was the starting the game 120 minutes late which was difficult for me. Damn you again, Nein!

          • September 9th 2012 @ 7:20am
            Andrew C (waikato) said | September 9th 2012 @ 7:20am | ! Report

            Herr Minz, YOU say 120 mins behind …………. what about WE KIWIS – they’re 240 mins behind in Perth – taped it all and got up @ 6.30am to watch the replay ; good solid effort by the Wallabies (but hell guys you need to chop Kurtly Beale !! – but with all those new injuries, maybe play him off the bench). The Springboks have a STODGIE attitude and played accordingly. The Boks have HUGE problems

            • September 9th 2012 @ 2:15pm
              Glenn Condell said | September 9th 2012 @ 2:15pm | ! Report

              The Boks have one problem in common with Australia. The best players are not being picked.

        • September 9th 2012 @ 9:40am
          Kuruki said | September 9th 2012 @ 9:40am | ! Report

          Nine are fair dinkum trying to kill off rugby in Australia. I have no doubt in my mind. The ARU are seriously pathetic and need to stand up for their code.

        • September 9th 2012 @ 1:08pm
          gollygosh said | September 9th 2012 @ 1:08pm | ! Report

          RISE UP !!!!!. Dont watch ANY Ch9 programs in protest.

          • Roar Guru

            September 9th 2012 @ 7:28pm
            Hoy said | September 9th 2012 @ 7:28pm | ! Report

            But Big Brother is such compelling viewing!!!

            • September 9th 2012 @ 8:27pm
              Mango Jack said | September 9th 2012 @ 8:27pm | ! Report

              Yes, and 60 minutes is compulsory viewing. Such quality journalism.

          • September 10th 2012 @ 10:23am
            IronAwe said | September 10th 2012 @ 10:23am | ! Report

            Golly, after the world cup I boycotted channel 9. I will never watch them again. I get all my Wallaby games from the net or friends. Channel 9 should have their rights to broadcast the rugby removed. I didn’t watch the olympics on 9 either, but from what I hear, I didn’t miss out on much.

            • Roar Guru

              September 10th 2012 @ 12:56pm
              Hoy said | September 10th 2012 @ 12:56pm | ! Report

              Even if you watched Channel 9 for the olympics, you would have missed about the same amount. ZING!!

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