Australia edge out Springbok B team

Australia came very close to being embarrassed in their Tri-Nations match against South Africa at the weekend.  After complaining about Jake White’s selection and his decision to rest most of his top players, if John Connelly’s team had lost, they would have had to eat their words.

When they went 17-0 down early in the match, it looked as though they would be completely humiliated.  However, Stirling Mortlock and Matt Giteau inspired their team to fight back for a 25-17 win.

George Gregan and Stephen Larkham bade farewell to supporters after their last game on home soil, and they were lucky not to bow out in disappointing defeat.

On the evidence so far in the Tri-Nations, New Zealand still look like the team to beat at the Rugby World Cup.  Australia will be there or there abouts, despite the weakness in the front five, whilst South Africa will be very difficult to overcome.  The South is certainly looking like the strongest Hemisphere.

2 thoughts on “Australia edge out Springbok B team

  1. It never ever looked like the Aussies were going to be ‘completely humiliated’ – you have to remember the same thing happened with Wales and like then they never panicked. I don’t think they were ‘lucky’ to win at all – I’m not sure how anyone can think that?! And ‘the South is certainly looking like the strongest hemisphere’ – when has it ever not?! (despite England)

  2. South Africa scored 17 unanswered points in the first 16 minutes, and Hougaard missed two kicks. I accept that Australia are the comeback kings (although they were lucky that Wales did not close out the match in that game), but I don’t think they will be hugely satisfied with their performance at the weekend.

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