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    South Africa vs Australia

    The Rugby Championship, 1 October, 2017

    Toyota Stadium
    Fulltime - South Africa 27, Australia 27
    South Africa   Australia
    27 FINAL SCORE 27
    3 TRIES 3
    0 DROP GOALS 0
    Referee: Ben O'keeffe
    Touch judges: Jerome Garces & Shuhei Kubo
    TMO: Rowan Kitt

    Match report:

    The Wallabies and Springboks have played out their second draw in as many matches. The 27-27 scoreline befitting of a wonderful game of international rugby.

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    The game started at a frantic pace, and that kept up throughout the game. The very first action of the match was a 10 phase rumble from the Springboks who looked intent on holding the ball and throwing it round – Fijian style!

    Despite having none of the early possession or any territory, it was the Wallabies who registered first points through none other than Israel Folau. The set move off a 22m scrum saw the fullback register his 11th try for the season, a new record for a Wallaby in an international season – surpassing the previous mark of 10 set by Lote Tuquiri.

    Kurtley Beale nearly won it for the visitors in the 75th minute when he busted a tired Boks line, but Sean McMahon’s knock on 5m out saw a reprieve for the hosts.

    Elton Jantjies had a penalty in the 79th minute, but couldn’t knock it over, and that’s how the score remained. 27-27 in one of the best matches in recent memory.

    Match preview:

    The Wallabies will be looking to win back to back games when they take on the wounded Springboks, who fell to their heaviest ever defeat at the hands of a fired up All-Blacks outfit last start. Join The Roar for a live blog of the match from 1:05am AEST.

    Round five of the Rugby Championship sees a lot at stake for both sides. The Wallabies, who have shown as much promise as they have frustrated, will be looking to record back to back victories after their last start win over a dogged Pumas outfit.

    Cheika’s men, and Wallabies fans alike, have been continually frustrated at the Wallabies inability to string together a consistent 80-minute performances.

    In every match that they’ve played this Rugby Championship, they’ve gone through periods of dominating games, and despite being desperately unlucky not to record a win in Dunedin, their inconsistency, and tendency to “go to sleep” for extended periods of matches, has hurt the Australians massively.

    The Springboks, on the other hand, are at their lowest point. A 57-0 capitulation to the All Blacks last week was listless, uninspiring, and left a lot of unanswered questions as to the state of rugby in South Africa.

    However, beware the wounded Springbok! They hop fast and frantic, and Coetzee’s men are perhaps at their most dangerous when their backs are against the wall.

    Yes, they lost to the Wallabies last time they played them in Bloemfontein, however their overall Head to Head record at Free State Stadium spells trouble for the visitors.

    In team news, Michael Cheika has turned to his inexperienced bench to fill starting vacancies.

    Jack Dempsey and Izack Rodda earn their first starts in the Green and Gold, pushing Ned Hanigan and Rob Simmons to the bench. Lekhan Tui is also set to debut off the pine.

    In the backs, Reece Hodge comes on to a wing, with Marika Koroibete taking his place on the other.

    The Springboks have made few changes to the 23 that tackled the All Blacks, Ross Cronje returns at scrumhalf, while Dillyn Lleyds starts on the right wing in pursuit of better finishing, and pace out wide.

    Where the game will be won
    The set piece. The Springboks were awful at line out time against the Kiwis, and not much better in the scrum.

    If they can sort the issues that plagued them a fortnight ago, this will solve most of the problems they faced in that loss.

    The Wallabies have been (in patches) surprisingly strong at scrum time, and could use this to their advantage in the early exchanges.

    Whichever side can get clean front foot ball to their outside backs will win this one.

    I want so badly to say the Wallabies, and I think they’ll give this game a major shake up.

    However, the Boks record at home is irresistible and I think they’ll be deeply embarrassed and looking to make amends from their last match.

    Don’t rule out a 55m penalty from Reece Hodge to win it, though.

    Boks by 5

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    • Roar Guru

      Fionn said | 6:41am | ! Report

      I think Beale’s defence this game showed that we need Hunt back into 12 ASAP, or else Kerevi or Hodge moved in there.

      That missed tackle on Kolisi was embarrassing.

      His best moment in attack wasn’t attacking from 12, but running the ball back from deep anyway, as it almost always it.

      • 7:02am
        TheSnake said | 7:02am | ! Report

        All Blacks

        1. Kane Hames, 2. Dane Coles, 3. Nepo Laulala, 4. Luke Romano, 5. Scott Barrett, 6. Vaea Fifita, 7. Matt Todd, 8. Kieran Read ©, 9. Aaron Smith, 10. Beauden Barrett, 11. Rieko Ioane, 12. Sonny Bill Williams, 13. Anton Lienart-Brown, 14. Waisake Naholo, 15. Damian McKenzie


        16. Codei Taylor, 17. Wyatt Crockett, 18. Ofa Tu’ungafasi, 19. Patrick Tuipulotu, 20. Ardie Savea, 21.TJ Perenara, 22. Ngani Laumape, 23. David Havili

        • 7:35am
          Taylorman said | 7:35am | ! Report

          I see the snakes slithered in again…

    • 6:25am
      Taylorman said | 6:25am | ! Report

      Dont get the forward pass calls either, if anything the pass from Foley to Folau in the first try was shunted forward, short, but forward, as was Fokeys to Korobeite in the first try.

      He received it two meters ahead of the spot Foley passed it from. Its just a matter of whether it came forwards from the hand. Possibly not, but close. Didnt think either of the Bok tries were as forward but will probably have to watch again.

      Fair result, both sides both took and failed to take some chances. The hair pulling was hilarious, though unnecessary, interesting though how Beale raced in to protect Folau from Eben, and ended up on the ground for it instead if Folau. Looked like a bit of the smaller fulla protecting the bigger fulla going on there, Folau standing up out of it rather quickly.

    • 4:53am
      Taylorman said | 4:53am | ! Report

      Missed the game so watching it shortly, sounds like Foley despite a few errors has kept Oz in the game once again setting up two tries and kicking the sideline. Long cut out passes?, is this the same Fokey everyones agreed cannot do that?


      Last comment I made after picking both sides to win was that I simply couldnt pick this one…two draws, home and away. Doesnt get more even than that.

      • Roar Guru

        Corne Van Vuuren said | 5:16am | ! Report

        Foley and Folau and Beale were standouts. Plus the new guy, can’t remember his name though

        • 6:06am
          Fionn said | 6:06am | ! Report

          Beale? Maybe I was a bit tired but apart from that last fantastic run all I saw were countless errors – high ball, missing 3-4 easy tackles, getting bumped off by Kolisi.

          This game showed the best and worst of Foley. He ran the ball to the line beautifully, probed and found a lot of holes. Set up 2-3 tries. Kicked excellently from the tee.

          His defence and tactical kicking were atrocious. I counted 3 really poor missed tackles in the first half and then stopped counting. Messed up kicking for touch off a penalty, kicked the ball straight out another time as well.

          How do you rate his game? I think on balance he was probably a 7, the things he did well he did extremely well, but good grief there were some bad errors. He did really well to regroup mentally in the second half though.

          I thought Sio, Coleman, Hooper, Genia, Foley, TK and Folau were the better performers. Hooper was the best Aussie in my mind.

          • 6:17am
            Taylorman said | 6:17am | ! Report

            Once again Fionn, you only look at the negatives. Foley directly set up two tries and kicked at least once from the sideline. Without Foleys positives, oz would definitely had lost, without his negatives, not so. No one other player directly contributed more to the draw than Foley.

            • Roar Guru

              Fionn said | 6:19am | ! Report

              Once again you fail at basic comprehension, Taylorman (or is it intentional?)

              Have a read through my comment again – ‘This game showed the best and worst of Foley. He ran the ball to the line beautifully, probed and found a lot of holes. Set up 2-3 tries. Kicked excellently from the tee.’

              I’m not purely focusing on the negatives whatsoever. Instead, I looked at both the positives and the negatives rather than blindly praising him (as you do) or blindly criticising him.

              You haven’t even watched the match yet, how would you be aware who contributed the most?

              • 6:28am
                Taylorman said | 6:28am | ! Report

                Yeah I have watched it, and yes I made a mistake, Foley set up three tries, two to Korobeite and Folaus as well…EASILY the best contributor to the result, so easily the best player on the field.

                Youre a blind man Fionn. If not for Foley they would have lost, for certain. No one else gets that description, not even close.


                ” Sio, Coleman, Hooper, Genia, Foley, TK and Folau were better performers”…than Foley?

                Aah no. Miles off.

              • 7:39am
                aussikiwi said | 7:39am | ! Report

                Can you two get a room??

              • Roar Guru

                Fionn said | 6:32am | ! Report

                You make up your mind Foley is the best contributor before you watch the match. That’s the third match in a row you’ve said that.

                You’ve no credibility as to claiming on this, Taylorman, I’d go so far as to say that you’re the most biased poster on this site towards Foley, even surpassing Riddler (I love you, Riddler, and, I said, Foley had a good game).

                I’m a blind man because, what? I thought Hooper was the best Aussie on the field? Because I’ve pointed out factual instances of Foley’s errors as well as his successes?

                I’m not quite certain how my pointing out things that factually occurred (missed tackles, touchfinder kicked long, ball straight out) can even technically be ‘blind’, but then again, logic isn’t your strong suit at times.

              • 6:35am
                Taylorman said | 6:35am | ! Report

                Nope, for some reason you dont like him, or are unable to assess a good performance. Im going with both.

                I dont care whether he plays well or not, but I wont sit around and read ill informed comments on any player.

              • Roar Guru

                Fionn said | 6:35am | ! Report

                I thought Sio, Coleman, Hooper, Genia, Foley, TK and Folau were the better performers.

                I included Foley in that list if you bother to read it. They’re the better performing Australian players in my eyes.

                Comprehension, mate, comprehension.

              • Roar Guru

                Fionn said | 6:37am | ! Report

                Nope, for some reason you dont like him, or are unable to assess a good performance. Im going with both.

                Weird, I think that I did assess it and say he had a 7/10 game. But then again, here is where you’ll tell me he was objectively a 9, and it is just my bias that doesn’t put him there (eyes roll).

                I dont care whether he plays well or not, but I wont sit around and read ill informed comments on any player.

                That’s funny, because you’re quite happy to write a lot of them.

              • 6:50am
                Taylorman said | 6:50am | ! Report

                Yes, you included him, where Foley wasnt one of, he stood out, easily. Whatever, Fionn, if youre going to dominate the forum, stop writing rubbish.

                Cant be bothered with someone who gets it so wrong every time, nor am I going to spend a million posts on it only for you to back down at the end again as others politely point the obvious out.

                Is that right that Beale was man of the match? If thats true someones really lost it.

                All yours Fionn, rubbish away…

              • 7:00am
                Taylorman said | 7:00am | ! Report

                And so what if he had a 7/10 performance? Tests are about winning and losing, not putting in a 2 or 8 out of 10 performance. When did 7/10 ever win a test or lose a test match?

                But I can sure tell you when setting up three tries did, and this draw, rather than loss was directly a result of Foleys performance more than any other single player.

                Saying he did good and bad so comes up with 7 where others might rate more is dumb.

                Do you think Cheika says to every player…” I want you to get 7/10 today boys… cause Fionn says thats whats important here. ”

                You cant hide a players impact on the game through his rating.

                Geez youre getting close to portraying why Oz rugby is in the dumps. You cant even tell whats important in an individuals perfirmance..

          • 9:19am
            Sandy said | 9:19am | ! Report

            Did Beale get MOTM? They should have have called you first…obviously!

    • Roar Guru

      ThugbyFan said | 4:18am | ! Report

      Strange the thinking of the SB organisation. They put the WB at altitude thinking that would guarantee them the win and arranged the AB game in Cape Town at sea level, thus giving away any high veldt advantage. I suspect they thought better to bag the 4 points from the WB match and concede the AB as a likely loss no matter what the advantage.

      They outsmarted themselves with this draw. Perhaps an attacking mindset would have been give nothing to the AB and maybe give them a black eye with a win, (look how the Crusaders died in the last 15 minutes in the SR final) and trust themselves to beat the WB with home advantage at sea level.

      • Roar Guru

        Corne Van Vuuren said | 4:29am | ! Report

        No wrong.

        The altitude has nothing to do with allocating test matches.

        It is made on a rotation basis.

        Besides the altitude thing is a myth, Australia, New Zealand players have been playing at altitude for 20 years on a regular basis

        • 5:35pm
          DavSA said | 5:35pm | ! Report

          Correct BB . Australia were the first overseas team to work out that the worst thing you can do is to base yourself at altitude for as long as possible to acclimatize. far better to stay at sea level and go to the altitude venue preferably on the day or as close as possible. SA domestic sides knew that forever.One should remember that a significant percentage of any Bok side contains players who live at sea level so are also disadvantaged at altitude and that yes the SA players feel the lung burn in equal measure to their opposition.

      • Roar Guru

        Armand van Zyl said | 4:52am | ! Report

        Don’t really know if those assumptions are anywhere close to the actual thought process of where the matches were allocated.

        First things first, if Saru wanted to “bag the 4 points” against the Wallabies, they could have opted for hosting them at Ellis Park or Loftus (those are actually high altitude stadiums, Bloemfontein is decidedly much lower above sea level), or they could have put the game at Newlands, where the Wallabies have not won since 1992 and is at sea level. Could have opted for Nelson Mandela Bay as well, where the Springboks have not lost a test. Durban is also a historically happy hunting ground for Wallabies.

        Traditionally, the Springboks have never needed altitude to beat the Wallabies. They sport a good record at sea level against them. I think it’s more a matter of the Free State complaining that they haven’t had a match there since 2010 as well as the Western Cape pressing for an All Black test for the first time since 2008.

        Ellis Park usually gets All Black games because it’s our biggest stadium and usually draws a full house. Gauteng is also the economic capital province of South Africa, hence people can buy expensive tickets without hurting their wallets so much. Loftus gets the big ones for much the same reason. The Free State, along with the Northern Cape and North-West provinces are the poorest of the country. People in those parts literally can’t afford pricey tickets.

        • 9:32am
          Wills said | 9:32am | ! Report

          How fascinating, thanks for that.

        • 4:19pm
          ThugbyFan said | 4:19pm | ! Report

          Nicely said Armand, am much the wiser now. I had heard there were stadia in SA where most of the locals just didn’t have the money to attend but I was never sure where. Would it be a smart idea for the SARU to play the occasional International in Free State and those areas against the lower drawing nations and lower the prices significantly, then bombard the airwaves to try to drum up more rugby fans in those areas?

          I was basing my proposal more on how I saw the Crusaders tank in the last 15 minutes of the SR final (think it was at Ellis Park) so I assumed the AB would pretty much tank it also as (a) half the AB pack are from the Crusaders and (b) in stark contrast to the WB, I don’t think the AB training can get them much fitter than they already are during the SR season. So its likely they would be affected, and especially after all the travel for the AB to Argentina and then to SA.

          I just felt the SAFU missed a chance to give the AB a good black eye by putting the match at Loftus or Ellis Park, but of course the stadia would have a rotation policy for the really big matches. Silly me! 🙂

    • 4:15am
      Ozrugbynut said | 4:15am | ! Report

      Some big errors in that match. I feel like that was there for the taking but we still lack a killer edge:

      Foley not making touch in the first half from a pen to give us a shot at a rolling maul. There are no excuses. None.

      The forward pass (?) near full time

      Foleys tired restart in the 79th min almost gave the boks the game

      Some bad misreads in defence from koriobete and hodge.

      Otherwise, happy with the reffing performance (i dont say that often) though those tackled in the air pens for rodda would have been fine last week.

      • 4:27am
        barbz said | 4:27am | ! Report

        Korobeite was an absolute monster in defence. Those “misreads” were him trying to make the best out of a bad situation most times. Plenty of times he saved tries with his defence.

        Hodge lucky he has a big boot because he had some ordinary moments that match.

      • 5:56am
        Muggatto said | 5:56am | ! Report

        Great game. Still missing balance in the back row. Missing the mongrel of Fardy on the blindside flank and his ability to make an absolute pest of himself at the breakdown. McMahon worked hard but didn’t seem to have much effect on the game.

        The wallabies certainly put in an effort but can chalk this draw as an opportunity lost for an elusive win on the high veld.

    • 4:12am
      Snapsterino said | 4:12am | ! Report

      Wallabies building nicely now.

      Squad is building, style is building. Not getting the momentum yet with results but plenty to like.

      • 5:02am
        The Olympic Global Game said | 5:02am | ! Report

        Agree that the Wallabies are on track but replacing Will Genia with five minutes to go nearly cost us the game. A really really dumb move. He is head and shoulders one of the best half-backs in the world. But please only if he goes down in screaming agony will you bring on another half-back.
        Might I also add the skill level was light years ahead of the VFL game I saw up until half-time.

    • Roar Guru

      Nobrain said | 4:09am | ! Report

      Very entreining game indeed. Much better than the one played in Australia. Long live RCH.

    • 4:08am
      Hugo said | 4:08am | ! Report

      Foley is an excellent distributor and a good runner and is first class from the tee. But he can’t punt so Cheika finally lets Hodge handle the line kicks in the second half. It’s taken Cheika all this time this year to realize that Foley’s the wrong guy to take those line kicks. Why?

      The WBs are not a great combo but there’s one man who holds this average team together and that’s Genia. He’s our best player. Well done, Will. And a great start from Koroibete. Speight won’t be needed for the EOTY tour.

    • 4:01am
      KB MotM??? said | 4:01am | ! Report

      How the hell did Kurtley Beale win Man of the Match??!

      Defence was woeful.

      Give the award to Ben O’Keefe, and a seeing eye dog while you’re at it. The bloke was blind to not see those forward passes.

    • Roar Guru

      The Neutral View From Sweden said | 3:58am | ! Report

      Gut feeling in HT was right, another draw was indeed in the cards.
      We will not lack talking points after this one, 15-20 small details that could have (should have?) given us a winner.
      Overall, a very very entertaining game, this was proper Test rugby.

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