In an encounter not suitable for the faint of heart, Australia beat South Africa 28-26 by the third date of Rugby Championship, with a penalty of Quade Cooper on the last play of the match.
The Springboks prevailed from the start with one of the best aspects of their game, the use of the foot. With by Klerk, Pollard and Le Roux Like the main kickers, the South African team was gaining ground and entering the Australian field. It was an unforced error within 22 by the Wallabies that gave the Springboks a penalty and the first three points.
However, the precision of Quade Cooper, coupled with large interventions by Samu Kerevi and of Michael hooper, allowed Australia to change the dynamics of the match. After a distribution of two penalties per side, came the try of Andrew Kellaway, who received in the tip and stepped to eliminate his mark and get inside the South African ingoal.
That try had a quick response from the world champions, who again sought to impose themselves on the rival’s territory, which was loaded with penalties within its 22 and even almost conceded a penalty try. Already with Siya Kolisi on the court (he had received a yellow for dangerous tackle), came the try of Bongi Mbonambi, who took advantage of the pack’s push to sneak out and support. Although it seemed that South Africa was taking control of the game again, Pollard’s inaccuracies gave new life to the Wallabies, who with a Quade Cooper with 5/5 at the sticks managed to close the first half up 19-11.
In addition, South Africa made use of the power of their forwards who knew how to get many meters with the maul. For their part, the Wallabies bet to open the game and have a greater circulation of the ball, an aspect that improved considerably with the entry of Nic White.
The first to appear were again the Springboks with a penalty. And, as happened in the first part, the response of the Australians came through the feet of Quade Cooper, who ended the match with 100% effectiveness. It was precisely the precision of 10, which finished with 23 points, which managed to cancel the production of the South African forwards pack, which had traced the result with two maul tries, both signed by Malcom Marx.
But at the end of the game, when everything seemed that South Africa was going to win, Nic White forced the penalty with a phenomenal catch. As if it were scripted, Quade Cooper was chosen to kick himself and give the victory to Australia 28-26.