Boks lead by 14-11 at halftime
The Springboks lead 14-11 at halftime in their Rugby Championship game against the Wallabies in Perth.
JOHANNESBURG -The Springboks lead 14-11 at halftime in their Rugby Championship game against the Wallabies in Perth.
The rain was bucketing down when Bryan Habana ran onto the field to become only the fourth Springbok to play 100 tests after Victor Matfield, John Smit and Percy Montgomery.
Australia made a blistering start as they went on the attack from the kick off and it took less than two minutes for the hosts to open the scoring.
Matt Toomua hit a half gap to send Israel Folau over. George Clancy checked for a possible obstruction on Morne Steyn but the try stood, while Bernard Foley failed to add the extra two.
The Boks struck back with a penalty by Steyn before brilliant handling by the South African backs resulted in Cornal Hendricks dotting down in the corner. Steyn narrowly missed the conversion.
The kickers traded penalties before Steyn slotted his third of the day to put South Africa in front 14-8 after 25 minutes.
Foley reduced the gap to three with another penalty and Adam Ashley-Cooper had an opportunity to put the Wallabies in front before halftime when Toomua sent a grubber kick through, but he couldn't control the ball and at the break South Africa led 14-11.