Australia earn hard fought draw against Springboks

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Australia 23-23 South Africa, NIB Stadium
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South Africa came from 10 points behind and managed to draw the game against Wallabies 23-23 in their Rugby Championship clash at NIB Stadium on Saturday.

Elton Jantjies kicked a third-minute penalty to get South Africa off the mark but Bernard Foley replied back with a penalty of his own four minutes later, to level the scores.

Jesse Kriel once again brought the Springboks into the lead with a 24th minute touchdown while Jantjies slotted the conversion, only for the scores to be level again with Kurtlet Beale and Foley doing the honours. A 40th minute penalty kick from Foley helped Australia gain a slender lead of three points at the stroke of half time.

The home side had the momentum on their side with Tatafu Polota-Nau strolling past the post at the start of the second half and Foley's conversion stretched their lead to 10 points.

This is when the Springboks shifted gears and scored their second try through Malcolm Marx in the 58th minute while Jantjies kicked two penalties and a conversion to take them to a three point lead but Foley held his nerve and added his third penalty in the 69th minute to ensure the game finished with a 23-23 draw.

 

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