HT: Boks lead Wallabies 23-3

South Africa leads against the Wallabies 23-3 in the Rugby Championship game.

Australian fullback Israel Folau is tackled by South African scrum half Francois Louw during the Rugby Championship match at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane on 7 September 2013. Picture: AFP/Patrick Hamilton

CAPE TOWN - The Springboks lead Australia 23-3 at half time in the Rugby Championship game at Newlands.

The game started in typical test match fashion with both side kickers exchanging penalties in the first minutes of the game.

Springbok Captain Jean de Villiers showed his intent early in the game turning down an opportunity to go for goal instead of taking the three points. The decision was vindicated as Adriaan Strauss scored moments later after a good lineout win by the Boks.

Less than a minute after that the Boks ran the ball from their own half, with brilliant handling between the backline players they ran through the Australian defence like a hot knife through butter to send Zane Kirchner over for the Boks' second try.

In the 28th minute Jerome Garces sent Michael Hooper to the sin-bin for a dangerous tackle on Eben Etsebeth. Etsebeth seemed to have jumped into the tackle and a yellow card was a harsh decision.

Garces, also a French man, does have a reputation of giving out a lot of yellow cards.

Just before half time Flip van der Merwe was also given ten minutes in the sin-bin for leading with his elbow in a tackle. The decision seems as harsh as the yellow card for Hooper.

Morne Steyn certainly has his kicking boots on in this game and has now scored more than 600 points in tests.

Fourie du Preez impressed throughout the first half by giving his forwards and backs quick ball which put the Australian defence under immense pressure.