Sunday, September 6, 2009

Test Rugby: Australia Defeat South Africa

Australia 21, South Africa 6 in Brisbane (Tri Nations)

In one of the biggest upsets of the season the Australian rugby team defeated South Africa 21-6 at Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane. The Australians played magnificently in all areas of play, effectively shutting out the Springbox with some brilliant defence and grand counter attack play. The Australians played with commitment and enthusiasm qualities lacking in previous games this season. It was the perfect 50th birthday gift for their coach Robbie Deans.

South Africa were in the hunt in the first half and were always within striking range during that spell. The second half belonged to Australia who scored two great tries and forced the Springbox into playing outside their comfort zone-having to spin the ball to create opportunities. But in doing this they also made mistakes and the final Australian try was scored because of such a mistake.

South Africa now move to New Zealand to play a test they must win to ensure they win the Tri Nations. If New Zealand win their next two games they take the Trophy. Suddenly a dead rubber has come alive. All eyes will be on Hamilton, New Zealand next weekend.

George Smith
Australian captain George Smith had a magnificent day. Image thanks to

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