Heyneke Meyer’s Springboks are history makers, having walloped the Wallabies 38-12 in Brisbane.
The Springboks scored the bonus point four tries against a Wallabies side made to look inept and incompetent. The Boks were brutal, brilliant and beautiful to watch.
The Boks won for the first time in Brisbane in 42 years and for the first time at SunCorp Stadium against Australia in the professional era.
South Africa’s biggest ever previous win against the Wallabies in Australia was 18-6.
So in Brisbane on this wonderful South African day they made history in the most glorious of ways.
The Boks were brilliant. Let’s focus on that, first and foremost.
The set piece was dominant, the collisions all favoured South Africa and even the Boks backs were a class above the effort of Australia.
The Australian forwards physically just aren’t good enough and the Boks were superior from number one to 15.
The Boks effort at the breakdown was the most inspiring, because each player understands he has a role at the breakdown.
Kudos to Meyer and his coaching staff. They have got it right and their players have responded.
The Australians were simply not in the contest. Even their fortress (SunCorp) couldn’t stop the embarrassment.
Technically the Boks were astute and accurate. The decision-making was composed and telling.
The Boks were marvelous, to the man. The Wallabies were the complete opposite.
The Boks, previously, had won just three from 19 TriNations/Rugby Championship matches in Australia and New Zealand, with all three wins in Perth.
What a way to break the hoodoo.
What a win. What a lekker feeling.
How cool it is to say: Check the Rugby Championship log
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Wallabies – Penalties: Christian Leali’ifano (4).
Springboks – Tries: Coenie Oosthuzien, Jean de Villiers, Zane Kirchner, Willie le Roux. Conversions: Morné Steyn (3). Penalties: Steyn (4).
Wallabies – 15 Israel Folau, 14 Nick Cummins, 13 Adam-Ashley Cooper, 12 Christian Leali’ifano, 11 James O’Connor, 10 Quade Cooper, 9 Will Genia (c), 8 Ben Mowen, 7 Michael Hooper, 6 Scott Fardy, 5 Kane Douglas, 4 Rob Simmons, 3 Sekope Kepu, 2 Stephen Moore, 1 James Slipper.
Subs: 16 Saia Fainga’a, 17 Scott Sio, 18 Ben Alexander, 19 Ben McCalman, 20 Jake Schatz, 21 Nic White, 22 Matt Toomua, 23 Jesse Mogg.
Springboks – 15 Zane Kirchner, 14 Willie le Roux, 13 JJ Engelbrecht, 12 Jean de Villiers (c), 11 Bryan Habana, 10 Morné Steyn, 9 Ruan Pienaar, 8 Duane Vermeulen, 7 Willem Alberts, 6 Francois Louw, 5 Flip van der Merwe, 4 Eben Etzebeth, 3 Jannie du Plessis, 2 Bismarck du Plessis, 1 Tendai Mtawarira.
Subs: 16 Adriaan Strauss, 17 Gurthrö Steenkamp, 18 Coenie Oosthuizen, 19 Juandré Kruger, 20 Siya Kolisi, 21 Jano Vermaak, 22 Pat Lambie, 23 Jan Serfontein.
Run of Play (as it happened)
80 42 years without a win in Brisbane ends today as South Africa hammer Australia 38-12. The hosts were bullied up front throughout before the second-half saw the backs cut loose. Thank you for following.
79 Australia cannot break through this green wall so opt to kick from their 22 as a minute or so remains. All eyes now shift to New Zealand versus South Africa next week in Auckland. It should be a cracker.
78 Strauss to throw in on halfway as this game fizzles out as a contest. All of South Africa’s bench is now on as their pack take contact before Vermaak puts the ball up. Ultimately it’s a Springbok scrum.
75 And wouldn’t you just know it, an Australian scrum soon after sees the Boks win a penalty. Ewen McKenzie has a massive job on his hands ahead of facing Argentina after a third straight defeat.
72 South Africa ring the changes now as Lambie, Kolisi and Serfontein come on for Steyn, Louw and De Villiers. It’s a home line-out five metres from the Springbok line as Le Roux kicks under pressure.
69 CONVERSION, SOUTH AFRICA, STEYN! 12-38! The lead grows to 26 points. Incredible stuff in Brisbane.
68 TRY, SOUTH AFRICA, LE ROUX! 12-36! They have the try bonus-point. Le Roux dummies Genia down the short side and sprints over for his first Test try. Coach Meyer looks delighted with how his team is doing.
67 CONVERSION, SOUTH AFRICA, STEYN! 12-31! Two more to the tally.
66 TRY, SOUTH AFRICA, KIRCHNER! 12-29! And they have. What a try it is too as a flat pass out to Le Roux on the right wing sees the Cheetah put a lovely ball back inside to Kirchner. One more for the bonus.
65 Unfortunately for Australia, it only gets better for the Springboks as Etzebeth wins a breakdown penalty. Steyn duly nudges that one to the Wallaby 22 – another try here would end this contest.
64 Good again from South Africa as they slow down the ball at a line-out in their own 22 before scrum-half Pienaar kicks superbly to halfway. Australia must roll the dice here and use their danger men.
61 Steyn misses the conversion so it is a twelve-point lead with just under twenty minutes remaining.
60 TRY, SOUTH AFRICA, DE VILLIERS! 12-24! Massive moment. Habana’s pace saw him get past Folau before his chip over the top led to his captain sprinting over from the recycled ball. Excellent from the Boks.
58 Changes made by South Africa here before the scrum as Strauss, Steenkamp and Kruger come on up front.
57 Australia look to spread the play here, stretching this big Springbok pack, and it almost pays off. However, a fumble from centre Lealiifano 20 out brings an end to that attack. Pienaar to put in then.
56 Hooper still has four minutes remaining in the bin remember as Du Plessis throws just outside his own 22. Simple line-out from the Sharks man before Pienaar puts one up that bounces into touch on halfway.
53 PENALTY, AUSTRALIA, LEALIIFANO! 12-19! No mistake from the centre so it’s back to a seven-point game.
52 Van der Merwe is now penalised for taking out Ashley-Cooper off the ball so up steps Lealiifano from about 40 metres out. Three points here would go down well with the Suncorp faithful. Will he get it?
51 PENALTY, SOUTH AFRICA, STEYN! 9-19! Net result, Steyn sends over three more points. Key moment there.
49 YELLOW CARD, AUSTRALIA, HOOPER! It gets worse for Australia as Hooper goes for a tip tackle on Habana.
48 The scrum doesn’t get any better for the Wallabies too as South Africa win a penalty, which is booted up to the home 22. Set-piece dominance equates to attacking opportunities. Simple for the Springboks.
46 Here come the Wallabies again with Ashley-Cooper becoming more and more involved on halfway. However, he has this time been held up and it’s Bismarck du Plessis who is the last man to his feet. Top work.
44 PENALTY, AUSTRALIA, LEALIIFANO! 9-16! No mistake from the Brumbies centre, who reduces the lead to 7.
43 And it’s a great start for the Wallabies, bringing down Le Roux in his own in-goal. Australia to put in then five metres out and eventually that leads to the Springboks not releasing at the breakdown.
41 Welcome back to Suncorp Stadium and it’s Cooper getting things going with a kick-off down the middle.
40 The half ends with Steyn missing a penalty attempt from wide on the left. South Africa won’t be too unhappy though as that is a good 40 for them, leading by ten points as Australia struggle to fire.
39 They won’t. Bismarck du Plessis wins a breakdown penalty. Easy to say it now, but that was the wrong call from Genia as South Africa eat up the territory with just over one minute left in the first 40.
37 Australia has an opportunity to reply here with three points of their own but instead go for the corner – an odd choice at this point in the game. Will they prove me wrong late in the first-half?
35 PENALTY, SOUTH AFRICA, STEYN! 6-16! Australia cough up another three points as full-back Folau is caught holding on after being under pressure by Vermuelen. Up steps Steyn from bang in front. Easy.
32 Vermuelen is unlucky there as he gambles and looks to intercept Genia’s pass from a line-out. In the end he fumbles so it’s an Australian scrum on South Africa’s ten-metre. Plenty of width to use here.
29 PENALTY, SOUTH AFRICA, STEYN! 6-13! He doesn’t miss those sort of shots. A lead of seven once more.
27 It doesn’t cost South Africa though as they soon have possession back and enjoy a bit of territory with it, setting up camp about 30 metres out from the home line. There is a penalty advantage here.
25 A mistake from the assistant referee Glen Jackson there as O’Connor looked to have put his foot out after catching Steyn’s restart. Instead we come back for an Australia scrum on halfway. Poor call.
23 PENALTY, AUSTRALIA, LEALIIFANO! 6-10! The lead is cut to four points again as South Africa captain De Villiers is penalised by Clancy for not releasing the tackled player at the ruck. It’s all Australia.
20 Alberts is now back on by the way after his ten minutes in the sin-bin. He, like his team-mates, have some defending to do and Alberts does just that, nailing Fardy in contact. Australian scrum, 20 out.
19 South Africa have survived as that Cummins break saw him slip before a couple of intercepts saved the visitors. In the end it is a penalty on halfway, which O’Connor kicks to the 22. Good spell for them.
16 Australia are given easy metres here after De Villiers pushes Hooper off the ball so Moore will throw in just past halfway. Here comes Slipper off the tail before Cummins breaks through. Big chance here.
13 PENALTY, SOUTH AFRICA, STEYN! 3-10! Genia is offside at that scrum which allows Steyn to send over three points from distance. He didn’t look like missing as the lead goes back up to seven points.
12 Not the best start for Australia wing Cummins here as he spills another ball, coming off his wing close to his ten-metre. South Africa will have the scrum then in centre-field – decent position.
9 PENALTY, AUSTRALIA, LEALIIFANO! 3-7! Easy enough for the Wallaby centre so it’s a four-point game.
8 YELLOW, SOUTH AFRICA, ALBERTS! Deliberate slap-down from the Bok flank and three points are coming.
7 CONVERSION, SOUTH AFRICA, STEYN! 0-7! No mistake from the fly-half.
6 TRY, SOUTH AFRICA, OOSTHUIZEN! 0-5! It gets the green light. What a great start for the Springboks.
5 What a great touch-finder from Steyn as he takes South Africa to within five metres from a Quade Cooper offence. Big chance here for the Boks and they’re over aren’t they? TMO time. It’s the blood replacement Coenie Oosthuizen who thinks he’s scored.
4 Lovely stuff from the Wallabies on halfway from that resulting line-out as they go wide quickly. But nice passing ends with Cummins fumbling an excellent flat pass from O’Connor. Frustrating for him.
2 South Africa are in possession and sit just 25 metres out. But that attack ends with Clancy blowing against Van der Merwe, who is penalised for going off his feet at the breakdown. Australia clear.
0 And we’re off with George Clancy blowing the whistle. Morne Steyn gets us underway to the left with the Wallabies rising well to claim the kick-off. Folau does well early on, taking a testing high kick.
0 Time for the anthems. Not long now until kick-off at Suncorp Stadium.
0 Springbok coach Heyneke Meyer has made five changes to his starting XV – two of which are positional. Bismarck du Plessis takes over as vice-captain and hooker from Adriaan Strauss, while Flip van der Merwe will pack down at lock for Juandr? Kruger. At the back, Willie le Roux shifts from full-back to right wing in the place of Bjorn Basson, with Bryan Habana moving over to the left. Zane Kirchner will start his first Test of the year at full-back.
0 Australia captain James Horwill has been ruled out due to a hamstring injury so Kane Douglas starts. Quade Cooper has been recalled to the starting XV while Israel Folau moves to full-back. Sekope Kepu and Nick Cummins also get an opportunity at tighthead prop and on the wing respectively.
0 Hello and welcome to Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane where the Springboks are seeking their first ever win at this venue. The Wallabies have yet to pick up a point in the Rugby Championship this year so they are under plenty of pressure too. It should be a cracking game, don’t go away!