Cape Town – The Springboks made it back-to-back victories with a hard-fought win over the Wallabies in their Rugby Championship clash at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium in Port Elizabeth on Saturday.
Rassie Erasmus’ side won 23-12 after leading 20-12 at half-time.
Having shocked the All Blacks 36-34 in Wellington, New Zealand a fortnight ago, the Boks were looking for revenge against a Wallaby side they had lost 23-18 to in Brisbane three weeks ago.
And after the first quarter of the match a record score appeared likely as the home side raced into a 14-0 lead thanks to two converted tries by wing Aphiwe Dyantyi – after 27 seconds – and scrumhalf Faf de Klerk.
To their credit, however, the Wallabies same back strongly with two tries of their own before the half-time hooter – by centre Reece Hodge and No 9 Will Genia – and in fact ‘won’ the last 60 minutes of the match, 12-9.
As was the case in Wellington, the Boks were asked to make countless tackles as the visitors threw everything at their hosts.
Thankfully from a Bok point of view, the dam wall held firm and three Handre Pollard penalties, to go with his two first half conversions, saw the men in green and gold pick up four log points for their victory.
The Wallabies left empty-handed as they were left to rue a number of handling errors, often due to butter-fingers when in the Boks’ 22m-area.