Wallabies go back-to-back against Springboks in four-try romp

  • Australia 30-17 South Africa
  • Wallabies defeat World Cup winners two weeks in a row

Australia breathed life into their Rugby Championship campaign with a bonus-point 30-17 win over South Africa to puncture the world champions’ aura for the second time in a week.

Having upset the Springboks 28-26 on the Gold Coast last Sunday with a Quade Cooper penalty after the siren, the Wallabies’ running game shone in the Lang Park twilight as centre Len Ikitau and winger Marika Koroibete each scored two tries.

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Australia Wallabies go back-to-back against South Africa Springboks – as it happened

10 minutes: ... but the Wallabies win a relieving penalty of their own, when Eben Etzebeth receives the ball from that lineout and crawls across the turf trying to gain ground in a rolling maul. They get out of Dodge.

9 minutes: Another penalty blown, this time for the Australians going early on the line-out jumper. The Wallabies have conceded four penalties to one. The Boks kick for touch, right in front of the corner flag...

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Quade Cooper gamble pays off as Wallabies beat South Africa at their own game | Bret Harris

The recalled Cooper is a mercurial player, but he possesses the skill-set to execute a game-plan which revolved around tactical kicking

One win against South Africa does not make the Wallabies world champions, but their upset 28-26 victory against the Springboks on the Gold Coast has given the Australians a tantalising glimpse of what they might be capable of achieving.

The 2023 World Cup is a long way away and the Wallabies still have to make big improvements, but if you can beat the best in the world, surely, you can beat anyone.

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