Resurgent Wallabies stun world champs again


Len Ikitau scored two first half tries and Marika Koroibete crossed for 2 within the second half as Australia accomplished back-to-back victories over world champions South Africa with a 30-17 win tonight.

The Wallabies wanted a final minute penalty from recalled flyhalf Quade Cooper final Sunday for a 28-26 win on the Gold Coast, however led for many of the match at Brisbane’s Suncorp Stadium and picked up a Rugby Championship bonus level for scoring 4 tries to at least one.

It was a memorable win for Michael Hooper to mark his document for many caps as captain of the Wallabies.

His sixtieth Check as Australia skipper is another than former scrumhalf George Gregan’s mark.

The consecutive wins over South Africa netted the Mandela Plate and have been a lift for the Australians following three losses to the All Blacks, who lead the Rugby Championship forward of their check later tonight in opposition to Argentina.

The Australians led 15-12 at halftime with Ikitau scoring twice for the Wallabies and Handre Pollard touchdown 4 penalties from 4 makes an attempt.

Each groups gave up a one man benefit within the opening half, with Springboks scrumhalf Faf de Klerk yellow carded for a cynical foul whereas the Australians have been in an attacking place early and Wallabies flanker Lachie Swinton sinbinned for his shoulder-on-shoulder contact with No.8 Duane Vermeulen earlier than their heads collided within the thirty third minute.

South Africa went forward 17-15 lower than two minutes into the second half with de Klerk orchestrating the assault.

The veteran scrumhalf took a fast faucet from a penalty to place the protection on the again foot and later despatched a superbly weighted grubber kick down the blindside from the ruck base for Lukhanyo Am to attain the attempt.

The 33-year-old Cooper, enjoying in solely his second Check since 2017, obtained up after therapy within the fiftieth after amassing a finger within the eye to kick the penalty that restored Australia’s lead, 18-17.

After which winger Koroibete broke open the sport with a pair of fast tries.

He crossed within the 62nd after a surprising lead-up work from tighthead prop Taniela Tupou, who surged down the left sideline, drew the defence after which, with out trying, handed from his proper hand beneath his left armpit to his flying winger in assist.

Cooper transformed to make it 25-17 and Koroibete dived into the left nook 5 minutes later, after a midfield burst from substitute backrower Pete Samu, to offer Australia a 13 level lead.

Australia continues to be in rivalry within the Rugby Championship, which is into the second week of 4 straight doubleheaders.

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