Springboks lose to Australia

South Africa had taken a six point lead into the break in Brisbane.

James Horwill (L) of Australia celebrates with teammates after their victory during the Rugby Championship Test match between Australia and South Africa at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane on 18 July, 2015. Picture: AFP.

JOHANNESBURG - Springboks have lost against Australia in the Rugby Championship in Brisbane.

The Springboks will take plenty of positives in defeat after their opening Rugby Championship match ended in a dramatic 24-20 loss to Australia in Brisbane.

The Boks looked in control in the opening stanza, and despite losing Victory Matfield to injury, they led 13-7 at the break.

Adam-Ashely Cooper's try had given Australia a 7-6 lead, before Eben Etzebeth's try ensured that the Boks' game plan, in the first half at least, was working.

It seemed that would continue as early in the second half, Jesse Kriel got a taste of what it feels like to score a try on international debut, the converted score taking the Boks' lead to 20-7.

However the visitors somehow stopped looking to control the game, and after keeping out wave after wave of attack, the Bok defence was breached, Michael Hooper going over soon after a penalty had been added.

The Aussies, sensing an unlikely victory, kept coming and right at the hooter, Tevita Kurdrani found a way over, a minute or two needed to confirm the try by the TMO, and Australia ended up on the winning side by 24-20.